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Caramel raisin popcorn balls

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A sweet popped treat

Sweet balls of popcorn, raisins and walnuts covered in crunchy caramel are the perfect holiday treat! Popcorn balls are easy to make and a great holiday gift!

A sweet popped treat

Unlike soft caramel sauces, the crunchy butter rum caramel in this recipe would also be great for pralines — it's similar to the coating used for chocolate raisin rum truffles.

Caramel raisin popcorn balls

Makes about 12 popcorn balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup rum (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1

Add the canola oil to a 4-quart saucepan and heat over high heat. When the oil is hot, add popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When the corn stops popping, remove from heat.

A sweet popped treat

2

Pour popcorn into a bowl and add the raisins and walnuts. Set aside. Heat the sugar over moderate heat, keeping an eye on it.

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3

Once the caramel starts browning at the edges, begin to drag the sugar towards towards the center to prevent any burnt spots.

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4

When all the sugar has liquified, add rum (optional), butter, vanilla and salt. Be careful as the caramel will splatter. Stir in the popcorn, nuts and raisins, coating each piece.

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5

Turn out onto a greased piece of aluminum foil. Allow to cool slightly.

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6

Butter hands or wax paper heavily and shape the popcorn into balls about 3-1/2 inches in diameter. Set aside to cool completely.

More recipe ideas

Orange raisin scones
Chocolate raisin truffles
Oatmeal raisin cookies

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