Like the Empire’s deadly Death Star, these are round and extremely dangerous (not really, it’s just hard to have just one!).
Death Star Popcorn Balls
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
- 3 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Butter or vegetable shortening for greasing hands
Pop the corn using whatever method you prefer.
Put the sugar, water, corn syrup and salt in the saucepan. Stir with a wooden spoon.
With adult help, clip a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Set the pan on the stove and switch the heat to low.
Add the vinegar and vanilla to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the thermometer reads 270ºF.
Get an adult to carefully pour the hot sugar mixture over the popcorn and toss using 2 large spoons to coat every kernel. Allow to cool slightly.
Rub butter or vegetable shortening on your hands so the popcorn won’t stick to them.
Scoop up enouh popcorn to form a ball about the size of a baseball. Shape the ball with your hands. Makes 2 or 3 popcorn balls.