Add coffee to popcorn balls
Of all the many confections we like to make at home, Popcorn Balls are without a doubt one of the timeless favorites. Children and teenagers love to munch them. Even adults, young and old, find them irresistible.
The slight variation in this recipe for Popcorn Balls is the half-cup of coffee in the corn syrup glaze. You’ll be pleased at the marvelous difference this makes in flavor and color. If you don’t have a thermometer to measure the temperature they syrup should be when finished, just remember to have a little patience with the cooking. It does take a while before the glaze reaches the right consistency. And do check it with the “water test.”
Coffee Popcorn Balls are not only fun to eat, they are also fun to make. They’re just the thing for an impromptu party when everyone can lend a hand. Perhaps you’ll put on the Flamenco records and whip up a Latin mood!
Coffee with spice
If you want to be inventive, serve mugs of coffee with an unusual topping, with the popcorn balls. Since spices and cream go well with coffee, try this Cinnamon Coffee. Whipped Cream for a garnish. It’s very easy to prepare and a very good flavor combination. If you want to experiment with the coffee itself, try a new sweetener of chocolate syrup or honey.
Coffee popcorn ball recipe
10 cups popped corn
1 can (6 3/4 oz) salted peanuts, chopped
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup strong coffee beverage
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Combine popcorn and peanuts in a large bowl. Combine sugar, corn syrup, coffee and butter in saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Cook over medium heat, without stirring, to 270 degrees, or until small amount of syrup dropped in cold water separates into threads which are hard but not brittle. Pour syrup evenly over popcorn mixture. Toss lightly. Shape into balls with lightly buttered hands. Makes 12 balls.
Note: Wear clean rubber gloves makes shaping the balls easier. Do not butter the gloves. Also: Do not attempt to double recipe. If more popcorn balls are needed, make up the recipe twice.
Cinnamon coffee whipped cream
1/3 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
few grains nutmeg
Combine all ingredients; chill several hours. Whip until stiff. Use to top mugs of coffee. Makes about 1 cup. If desired, sweeten coffee with chocolate syrup or honey.