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Chocolate Popcorn Balls

I've had this recipe for more than 20 years. They were good then...and just as great today! They're a fun change from traditional easter candy. —Carolyn Hayes, Johnston City, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water

Directions

  • Place popcorn in a large heat-proof bowl; keep warm in a 200° oven. In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate. Stir in sugar and corn syrup. Add water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook until a candy thermometer reads 250° (hard-ball stage).
  • Pour over warm popcorn and stir until evenly coated. When mixture is cool enough to handle, quickly shape into 3-in. balls, dipping hands in cold water to prevent sticking. Cool; wrap in plastic.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 253 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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