“This was a kids/parents project at my neighbors house. We did all of the "cooking" part and the kids did all of the "forming" part. These turned out so neat and everyone was excited! The kids got 10 balls out of it, some small, some not so small, but it was fun and I hope you will have fun making these too! Very festive! Another idea we had was, for Halloween, was to mix candy corn in and omit the cranberries, and to add a drop or two of orange food coloring rather that the red.”
READY IN:
5hrs 55mins
SERVES:
10
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F Place popcorn in a large, 4 inch deep, buttered baking pan. Keep warm in the oven.
  2. Pour water into a large buttered saucepan. Securely tie cloves, allspice and cinnamon in a piece of cheesecloth and place in water. Cover saucepan and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Remove spices from pan. Stir in cranberries, sugar, corn syrup, orange peel, nutmeg and food coloring. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolved and mixture begins to boil. Continue cooking until mixture reaches 250°F on a candy thermometer.
  4. Remove popcorn from heat. Pour syrup mixture slowly over popcorn, stirring to coat. Shape into balls. Allow to cool, wrap in plastic wrap, tie with colored ribbon and give as gifts during the holiday season.

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