Sunday, November 28, 2010

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Recipe stolen from a parents forum

Caramel Popcorn balls

2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup popping corn

3/4 cups castor sugar
80g unsalted butter (I use salted)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons cream

Pop the corn using the oil, as per instructions on packet. Let cool in a large bowl.

Put the sugar, butter, honey and cream in a small saucepan.
Stir over medium heat, without boiling, until the sugar has completely dissolved.
If I find the mixture is getting too hot, I take it off the heat and continue stirring.
Once dissolved, DO NOT STIR, bring to boil and boil for 5 minutes, (possibly longer).

Notes from author: I always double the recipe, (using a medium saucepan) and the caramel needs to cook for longer...about 8-10 minutes? Cook until it is thick and creamy brown.

Let caramel sit for 1 minute, then pour over popcorn and mix with a wooden spoon.
Rub a little oil on your hands and take spoonfuls of the mixture and mould into a ball.

If you choose to use sticks you will need to squeeze some popcorn mixture quite firmly on to the stick and then add more, molding it into a ball as you go IYKWIM?
Recipe is meant to make 50 small balls, or 10 large ones.

Get the caramel to the right consistency and I promise you these will be a hit!
As long as its thick and creamy brown, they will be perfect. Like Lolly Gobble Bliss Bombs!

Best made the day before.

NB: Make size of a tennis ball and put on a stick and wrap in cellophane for great presentation.


Cwm Goch Chronicles said...

Just saw this - am SO trying it. YUM!

Cathode said...

They are really sweet.
Next time I make them, I am going to try a more traditional toffee style caramel along this style