Summer is here! Time to come up with ways to keep the kids entertained and healthy! My Oldest received this adorable cookbook from her cousin for Christmas. She loves to read it, so I decided we should attempt one of the more complicated recipes: The Popcorn Ball. We love popcorn in this house and have lots of it too. It’s a good choice for snack because it’s a healthier option.
The recipe can be altered anyway you wish. I went the "nut-less" route and used dried cranberries instead. I think I’ll add more salt next time to the popcorn. We also used a smaller kernel because my husband swears by "Iowan" popcorn. For the purpose of this recipe, use a bigger kernel. I also saved myself some time and didn’t make balls. I pressed the mixture into a 9x13 casserole lined with wax paper, let it cool and made bars instead.
You’re going to love this cookbook and so will your kids. It’s filled with vintage photographs of food products and all of the recipes are good classics! Tina Davis stuck with tradition and it pays off.
What You Will Need:
1 1/3 C uncooked popcorn
4 T vegetable oil
1 ½ tsp salt
¾ C dried fruit
2 C sugar
¾ C light corn syrup
1 T molasses
1 stick of salted butter (I accidentally used unsalted)
1 tsp vanilla
2 large spoons, greased with butter
1) Cook the popcorn in two batches. Spread the bottom of cooker with 2 T vegetable oil and 2/3 popcorn kernels and pop. Repeat with remaining oil and kernels.
|I did it all in one batch... oops!|
2) Separate cooked popcorn from leftover unpopped kernels. Discard unpopped kernels.
3) Mix popcorn with dried fruit and salt in large bowl. Set aside.
4) In Large pot, melt butter, corn syrup, molasses and ¼ C water over medium heat. Bring to boil and then simmer.
5) Set thermometer into syrup and bring to 260˚. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
6) Pour over popcorn mixture.
7) Toss with large spoons.
8) Transfer to 9x13 casserole lined with wax paper. Let cool.
9) Cut into bars and serve. (Best if eaten same day)
Article Source: Davis, Tina. “Popcorn Balls,” Look and Cook: A Cookbook for Children; p. 123.