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Country Cousins Popcorn Balls

Difficulty: Easy

Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
2/3 cup apple juice or water
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 quarts warm, popped popcorn
1 cup honey-roasted peanuts
1 (8 oz.) package chopped dates (1 1/2 cups)

Cooking Instructions:

Combine sugar, apple juice, syrup, butter, and salt in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove sugar from sides of pan with a wet brush. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 270 degrees Fahrenheit (soft crack stage on a candy thermometer). Add vanilla. Pour mixture over popped popcorn, peanuts, and dates. Mix well. Wet or butter hands and shape into 3-inch balls.

Additional Comments:

Serves: 18 balls

Contributor: Wabash Valley Farms