Popcorn Balls

Ingredients

6 quarts popcorn popped and cool on large parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

1 cup Karo® Light syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter

1 t vanilla

Directions

Candy thermometer ideal

Add syrup, sugar, and salt in heavy sauce pan and combine. Cook until it reaches soft ball stage* or 235 to 240º. Remove and add butter and vanilla stir and then add to popcorn and toss to evenly coat. When cool enough to handle roll into popcorn balls.

*Softball stage description:At this temperature, sugar syrup dropped into cold water will form a soft, flexible ball. If you remove the ball from water, it will flatten like a pancake after a few moments in your hand.

Note: Can add nuts or cinnamon candies when tossing syrup into popcorn.

 

Date Treats

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 T milk

1 egg

1 t vanilla

1/2 t salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 cups Rice Krispies®

Sweetened coconut flakes

Directions

Melt butter in large skillet. Add sugar. dates, egg, salt, and vanilla and cook until thick. Remove from heat, add Rice Krispies and  walnuts.Cool slightly and hand shape into balls. Roll in coconut.

Serve.

Note: Goes well with blue cheese or Gorgonzola and grapes on a cheese tray.