Thursday, January 19, 2012

National Popcorn Day

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Today is National Popcorn Day.  I've always known that corn was sacred to many indigenous cultures in the Americas but I didn't know that Aztecs actually popped it. That 's just one of the interesting things you can learn at the popcorn website.

I don't eat a lot of corn since I found out that most corn in North America is genetically modified. I do occasionally get a craving for popcorn so I look for organic and non-GMO. There are many ways to top popcorn but my favorite way is to cover it in caramel. Yup, I have a sweet tooth.

Easy Popcorn Balls

1/2 C. butter
3 C. brown sugar
1 C. light corn syrup
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4-6 quarts (16-24 C.) popped corn (unpopped kernels removed)

1. In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil.
2. Pour in condensed milk. Return to a boil. Boil five minutes.
3. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract.
4. Pour hot caramel over popcorn and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula.
5. Grease hands and form popcorn mixture into balls.
6. Let balls cool on greased cookie sheets or waxed paper

Here's another way to make popcorn balls.

You can dress your treat up with all kinds of decorations and add-ons including:

  • Food coloring
  • Edible glitter
  • Melted white, milk, or dark chocolate (on top)
  • Melted peanut butter or butterscotch chips (on top)
  • Nuts (peanuts, pecans, cashews, etc.)
  • Chocolate or white chocolate chips (inside)
  • Peanut butter or butterscotch chips (inside)


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