Recipe: Gluten Free Popcorn Balls

by Carrie

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gluten free popcorn balls

Happy Halloween!

I miss Halloween.

How could I miss Halloween when it is here on Monday?

What I miss is celebrating Halloween with my kids, like I did when they were younger.
They are in there 20’s now, so hosting Halloween parties, making Halloween treats for their classmates, and sewing elaborate costumes does not happen anymore. It has not happened for quite awhile actually.

I really enjoyed seeing my kids dressed up, hanging with friends and going tricker- treating. When our kids are younger we so look forward to them growing up, but for a mom like me who enjoyed spending time with her kids and doing holidays big sometimes now, I do get nostalgic.

So, what is a Mom to do? Well for me I have been making Halloween treats that I used to make when my kids were younger and will be sharing 3 of the recipes in succession. I will be sharing popcorn balls, caramel apples and red velvet cupcakes, all gluten free.
Here is the first recipe.

Recipe: Gluten Free Popcorn Balls

2 cups white sugar
1 ½ cups water
½ cup corn syrup
1 tsp vinegar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Approx 5 litres (or 25 cups) of popped popcorn

Butter sides of a very large bowl that is holding your popcorn, the mixture will be quite sticky and you do not want the sugar mixture to stick to the bowl.

gluten free popcorn balls

Butter sides of a large saucepan.

Half fill a small bowl with water. This will be used to dip your hands in to form the hot popcorn mixture and prevents it from sticking to your hands.

Attach a good candy thermometer to the side of your saucepan.
In saucepan combine the sugar, water, salt, corn syrup and vinegar.

gluten free popcorn balls

Cook over medium heat until the thermometer reaches 250 degrees or the hard ball stage.

gluten free popcorn balls

gluten free popcorn balls

This takes quite a bit of time, but please, do not walk away from your saucepan. Stir it regularly and watch closely.

One it reaches the hard ball stage, turn off the heat and add your vanilla.
Pour hot mixture over the popped popcorn, stirring to mix well.

gluten free popcorn balls

Dip hands in water bowl and then form popcorn into balls.

gluten free popcorn balls

gluten free popcorn balls

You need to work quickly for the sugar mixture once it starts cooling will harden.
Shape into balls and place balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
This made 16 XL popcorn balls for me.

These balls are very addictive and are also very, very sticky!

gluten free popcorn balls

gluten free popcorn balls

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Gwendolyn Gannon October 31, 2011 at 9:50 am

These are to DIE for! Carrie made these for my Halloween party a few years ago and I don’t think there was a crumb left!

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