Caramel popcorn balls are a classic and delightful treat that brings back nostalgic memories of fairs and festivals. With Corn Rush's 8oz popcorn machine, you can easily create these sweet and gooey delights in the comfort of your own home. Follow these simple steps to make your very own caramel popcorn balls that will be a hit with family and friends.
- 1 cup of kernels
- 3 tbsp vegetable oils
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Cooking spray or butter for greasing
- Popsicle sticks or wax paper (optional)
Step 1: Pop the Popcorn
Start by popping the popcorn kernels using Corn Rush's 8oz popcorn machine. The 8oz capacity allows you to make a large batch of popcorn, making it perfect for this recipe. Make sure the popcorn is fully popped and set it aside in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Prepare the Caramel Sauce
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the unsalted butter. Once melted, stir in the brown sugar, light corn syrup, and salt. Continuously stir the mixture until it comes to a boil. Let it boil for about 4-5 minutes without stirring, allowing it to reach a temperature of around 250°F (120°C).
Step 3: Add Vanilla and Baking Soda
Remove the caramel mixture from heat and carefully stir in the vanilla extract and baking soda. Be cautious as the mixture will bubble up when the baking soda is added. The baking soda will create tiny air bubbles, making the caramel lighter and easier to coat the popcorn.
Step 4: Coat the Popcorn
Pour the hot caramel sauce over the popped popcorn, making sure to coat all the popcorn evenly. Use a spatula or a wooden spoon to gently toss and coat the popcorn with the caramel mixture.
Step 5: Shape into Balls
Allow the caramel-coated popcorn to cool slightly until it is safe to handle but still warm and pliable. Grease your hands with cooking spray or butter to prevent sticking. Take a handful of caramel popcorn and shape it into a ball. You can also insert a popsicle stick into each ball for a fun and easy-to-hold treat. Alternatively, you can place the popcorn balls on a piece of wax paper to maintain their shape.
Step 6: Let It Cool and Enjoy!
Allow the caramel popcorn balls to cool completely and set before serving. Once cooled and firm, store the popcorn balls in an airtight container for up to a week.
Making caramel popcorn balls with Corn Rush's 8oz popcorn machine is a delightful and rewarding experience. These sweet treats are perfect for sharing with loved ones during special occasions or as an indulgent snack. Follow the simple steps above, and you'll have a batch of delicious caramel popcorn balls that will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. So, fire up your Corn Rush 8oz popcorn machine, and start creating these irresistible caramel popcorn balls for a fun and tasty treat!