Vegan Cranberry Popcorn Balls
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Once the sticky popcorn is cool enough to handle, shaping the popcorn balls can be a fun job for kids.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18 balls
  • 5 quarts freshly popped, unsalted popped popcorn
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce, slightly mashed
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • ½ cup light corn syrup (can sub golden syrup or honey)
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Put the popcorn in a large bowl.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, cranberry sauce, cranberry juice, corn syrup, grated orange peel, vinegar, and salt.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook until the temperature reaches 250°F on a candy thermometer.
  4. Slowly pour the cranberry mixture onto the popcorn and carefully stir until well-coated.
  5. Let the popcorn stand for 5 minutes, or until the mixture can easily be formed into balls.
  6. Grease your hands and form the popcorn mixture into 3-inch balls.
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