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Country Cousin Popcorn Balls

Country Cousin Popcorn BallsPopcorn balls with flavor that simply smacks of autumn, the perfect fun treat for fall parties.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup apple juice or water
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 quarts warm popped popcorn
1 cup honey-roasted, unsalted or salted peanuts
1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates (1 1/2 cups)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, apple juice, syrup, butter and salt in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove sugar from sides of pan with a wet brush. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 270°F (130°C), or the soft crack stage on a candy thermometer. Add vanilla.
  2. Pour mixture over popped popcorn, peanuts and dates; mix well. Wet or butter hands and shape into 3-inch balls.

Makes 18 balls.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Popcorn Board.