Kids will adore this light pink puff of a popcorn ball studded with tart, dried cranberries.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine popcorn and cranberries in a large mixing bowl, and set aside.

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  • Combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, corn syrup, salt, and vinegar in a small, heavy saucepan. Set the saucepan over high heat, and bring the mixture to a boil. Insert a candy thermometer, and cook until the mixture reaches 290 degrees, about 14 minutes. Add food coloring, stirring, until desired color is reached. Remove pan from heat.

  • Pour the hot syrup over the reserved popcorn mixture; stir together with a wooden spoon until all the kernels have been well coated. Working quickly, use your hands to form a 2 1/2-inch-diameter ball. Transfer the ball to parchment paper, and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining the popcorn mixture. Store the popcorn balls in an airtight container up to 2 days.

Reviews (2)

21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: Unrated
09/08/2012
Help! I tried to do this recipe, and the syrup turns "orangy" before the temperature reaches 290 degrees. I did everything by the recipe, and did 3 trials, but it is not working with me :( I was planning on doing this recipe for my baby girls birthday party this coming friday... Help me please, what should I do to get it right?
Rating: Unrated
08/02/2011
delicious, but MAD sticky! do not eat if you've had any expensive dental work done. otherwise, you're good!