Merry Christmas from our home to yours. I hope Santa brought you everything you wished for, that you are surrounded by loved ones, that your blessings far outweigh your troubles and that you revel in at least one family tradition this season; this is one of ours.
1 c. sugar
1 c. corn syrup
1 small piece of butter
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
¼ tsp. baking soda
2 gallons popped corn
Put first 4 ingredients into a large, heavy saucepan, bring to a boil. Boil rapidly for 2 minutes, add baking soda and stir. Pour mixture over popped corn in large container, stir well. Using a bit of additional butter, coat hands well, form popcorn into balls, working quickly so as not to allow hot syrup to burn hands.
Store popcorn balls in an airtight container.
*a tsp. of food coloring may be added with the first four ingredients for colored popcorn balls.