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Desserts - Country Cousin Popcorn Balls

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup apple juice or water
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 11/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 quarts popped corn (about 8 tablespoons unpopped kernels)
  • 1 cup honey-roasted, unsalted, or salted peanuts
  • 1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates (about 11/2 cups), optional

Combine sugar, apple juice, syrup, butter, and salt in heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove sugar from sides of pan with a wet brush. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 270ยบ (or the soft crack stage) on a candy thermometer. Add vanilla.
Combine separately popped corn, peanuts, and dates. Pour syrup mixture over popped corn mixture; mix well. Wet or butter hands and shape into three-inch balls.
Submitted By: Maudean Williams
Fentress Farmers Co-op
Number of Servings: 18
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