Because it just isn’t Halloween till you’ve had a popcorn ball.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vinegar
2 Tbl corn syrup
1 Tbl butter
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 – 1 cup unpopped popping corn
1 Tbl peanut oil
Coat the bottom of a large pot with 1 Tbl peanut oil. Add the popping corn. Cover tightly and heat until kernels have popped. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, vinegar, corn syrup, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook the mixture until it reaches 270 degrees on a candy thermometer.
Pour the hot sugar mixture over popcorn, tossing gently to coat. Allow to cool just enough so you can handle the mixture. With lightly greased hands, shape into baseball-sized balls, pressing just hard enough to keep them together without completely crushing the popcorn.
Bundle them in plastic wrap, top with a festive ribbon and watch them disappear this Halloween.