Friday, October 31, 2008

Favorite Halloween Treat

My Mom used to make these every Halloween. She even made them for all the Trick or Treaters that came to our house one year. We lived in a small town, but I'm sure it was still a lot of work to make enough! I have continued making them because it reminds me of her!

I give them to friends & will be mailing some off to Joanna later today. One of my friends, who I thought was sharing them with her family, confessed to hiding them for herself!

Chocolate Popcorn Balls

8 quarts popped popcorn

Combine in large pot & cook to very firm "soft ball" stage.

2 c sugar

1/2 c butter

1 c white corn syrup

2/3 c water

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbl cocoa powder

Add 1 1/2 tsp vanilla when done cooking.

Pour hot syrup over popcorn & mix well. Let it cool a little and with buttered hands(you don't want a ton stuck to your hands) form into balls & let cool. Wrap in wax paper to store.

I use my turkey roaster to mix it all together. If you don't have a candy thermometer you can drop a little of the cooked mixture into a small amount of very cold water(I use a 1/4 c measuring cup) & mush it around with your finger. It's done when the chocolate syrup sticks together & forms a ball.

Bet you can't eat just one...............Happy Halloween from Grandma Sharon

1 comment:

Catherine O said...

These sound so good Sharon! I think I remember eating them when I was little!