Halloween Goblin Balls

Halloween Goblin Balls


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A thick, candy syrup poured over popcorn makes these sweet treats.

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  • 8 C. popped corn
  • 1 C. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C. corn syrup
  • 1/3 C. water
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 C. orange and black gumdrops or jujubes, chopped

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Place popped corn in bowl; set aside. In small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar, corn syrup, water, butter and salt to boil; cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, for 10 minutes or until at hard-ball stage of 254 degrees on candy thermometer, or until 1/2 tsp. syrup dropped into cold water forms rigid but still slightly pliable ball. Remove from heat. Wearing oven mitts to shield against splatters, carefully stir in vanilla. Pour over popped corn; using greased spoon, toss until coated. Stir in candy. Wearing rubber gloves, form into 2-inch balls; let cool on baking sheet.

Variation: Currants and diced apricots can replace the candy.

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