Halloween Popcorn Logs

3 quarts popped popcorn*
12 candy sticks (about 4 1/2-inches long)
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cellophane and ribbon
  1. Keep popcorn warm in a 300*F (150*C) oven while preparing syrup. In large saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar and salt. Cook to hard ball stage, 250*F (120*C) on a candy thermometer.
  2. Stir in vanilla. Pour over popped popcorn, stirring to coat.
  3. Butter hands; shape about 1 cup popped corn around each candy stick to form logs. Let stand until cool.
  4. Wrap each log in clear or colored cellophane or any bright paper. Secure each end with ribbon.

Makes 12 logs.

*1 ounce of unpopped popcorn kernels (2 tablespoons household measure) makes approximately 1 quart of popped popcorn.

Recipe provided courtesy of The Popcorn Board.

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