Old-Fashioned Soft Popcorn Balls
20 cups popped popcorn
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup candy corn, small gumdrops, raisins or salted peanuts
Place popcorn in large bowl or roasting pan; set aside.
Combine all remaining ingredients except candy in 2-quart saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until candy
thermometer reaches 250°F or small amount of mixture dropped into
ice water forms a hard ball (40 to 45 minutes).
Remove from heat; pour over popcorn. Stir until all popcorn is
coated. Gently stir in candy. Using buttered hands and working
quickly, shape about 1 cup popcorn into ball. Place onto waxed
paper. Repeat with remaining popcorn. Cool completely; wrap in waxed
paper or plastic food wrap.
Yield: 15 balls