When favorite hobgoblins come door-bell ringing on the eve of All Hallows, it’s fun to have a special reward handy. A treat for such pranksters is a chocolate popcorn ball. Any youngster or oldster will be delighted to call off tricks for this delectable treat.
Chocolate popcorn balls are easy to prepare. The rich chocolate coating of sugar, cocoa, corn syrup, evaporated milk and butter cooks in minutes to proper blending consistency. When mixed with the popped corn and shaped, the resulting texture is of delightful caramel-like chewiness.
The amount of syrup can be used to bind three quarts of popped corn. However, it a heavier chocolate coating is preferred, blend the syrup with a lesser amount of popped corn.
Chocolate popcorn balls are good snack time food for family eating the year around. Since this confection is easy to make and wholesome, it is a great idea for an activity at teen get-togethers.
So keep the corn popper handy and the syrup-makings at the ready for a batch of chocolate popcorn balls.
Chocolate Popcorn Balls
3 quarts popped corn
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup evaporated milk
1 tbsp. butter
1/3 tsp. salt
Spread popped corn in a large shallow pan.
In a medium-size saucepan, mix sugar and cocoa, then stir in corn syrup, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring all the time. until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Increase heat to medium and continue cooking and stirring 8 minutes.