How long has it been since you had a popcorn ball? Yeah, me either! Our neighbors made them when I was growing up but we never did. I don't know why, perhaps boiling sugar for 10 minutes was too much for my mom? After reading about them on the Mom Food Project blog I decided to make them and I too used Paula Deen's recipe. I made the popcorn earlier in the day and when Union came home from school we had a snack and boiled up some sugar.
It was only mildly fun for them after measuring ingredients out because being my mothers daughter I would NOT let them near a pot of boiling sugar water. So while I cooked and cooked and cooked the sugar they munched apples and then beat the grunt out of each other. That's what they do. When the sugar hit 255˚ I called them back and they watched while I poured it over the popcorn and stirred it in. They liked seeing how it had changed and turned to syrup.
When it was cooled we buttered our hands and made popcorn balls, or bombs as the youngest decided they were. It was fun visiting and just hanging out. We get to do this everyday but this just felt different. Simple and nice during a 'holiday' that gets more outrageous every year.
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I have a question for you: who the HELL decided we needed inflatable lawn decorations? for Halloween? It seems they crap they hawk at the store gets more and more outrageous every year. Just a thought.
Peace and Love--