Friday, October 28, 2016

Allergy-Friendly Popcorn Balls

Halloween would not be complete without this quintessential holiday treat.  These caramel-coated popcorn balls are just the right combination of sweet, salty and crunchy. Not only are they perfect for your little ghouls and goblins to enjoy, they're also so quick and easy to make.

Allergy-Friendly Popcorn Balls 
Makes 16 servings

10 cups air-popped popcorn
½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons water
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, mix together light brown sugar, honey, water and salt. Cook at medium heat until  the candy thermometer reaches 235 ℉ degrees (soft ball stage).  Remove from heat then add coconut oil and vanilla extract. Stir until combined. 

Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl.  Carefully pour brown sugar mixture over the popcorn.  Mix together until all the kernels are coated. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before handling. 

Lightly grease hands with coconut oil.  Portion out about ½ cup of the popcorn then, gently press together to shape into a ball.  Allow to set before wrapping individually in plastic wrap.  

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