Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Baked: Caramel Candy Popcorn Balls

Now is where I tell you everything I did wrong with this recipe.  I think I needed more popcorn.  I'm not sure the caramel made it to the soft ball stage.  The balls did not come together very well...at first.  My pot boiled over once I added the baking soda.

Now is where I tell my successes.  I used my air popper for the popcorn.  Major cost savings there, but I think they were a bit more light and fluffy than your typical microwave popped popcorn.  I feel that I could have added 5 more cups or so and still had enough caramel to go around.  Having burnt the last caramel I made, I pulled this one off the stovetop a few degees shy of the soft ball stage.

After having done that...and adding the baking soda, which overflowed the caramel, but LUCKILY I had it over the popcorn...the balls did not come together..at all.  The instructions tell you to work fast to form the balls and even say to enlist a friend to help.  I had to cool the semi-formed balls for a good minute before they would stick together.  My husband encouraging me that it would all turn out helped me get through the crisis..hah  So I had faith that in the end they would come together...and they did!

They taste good, of course.  Having Salt Sugar and Fat - those 3 little ingredients that keep us over eating.  I just finished the book
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
so you'll have to excuse me being so pessimistic!  It is a really good book and will make you think about all the ingredients that go into making certain products have their optimum appeal.  For example, did you know there is a Sugar Bliss Point?  Well, these certainly have it!  So I will refrain from eating them all and take them to a bridal shower this Saturday instead :)

21 complete.  49 remain.

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