Death Star Popcorn balls

Like the Empire's deadly Death Star, making popcorn balls can be very dangerous. Do not dare to make them without the help of an adult! Find this recipe and many more in the Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Pies, Clone Scones, and Other Galactic Goodies from Chronicle Books.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Butter or vegetable shortening for greasing hands
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STEP ONE

Pop the corn using whatever method you prefer.

STEP TWO

Put the sugar, water, corn syrup and salt in the saucepan. Stir with a wooden spoon.

STEP THREE

With adult help, clip a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Set the pan on the stove and switch the heat to low.

STEP FOUR

Add the vinegar and vanilla to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the thermometer reads 270ºF.

STEP FIVE

Get an adult to carefully pour the hot sugar mixture over the popcorn and toss using 2 large spoons to coat every kernel. Allow to cool slightly.

STEP SIX

Rub butter or vegetable shortening on your hands so the popcorn won't stick to them.

STEP SEVEN

Scoop up enouh popcorn to form a ball about the size of a baseball. Shape the ball with your hands. Makes 2 or 3 popcorn balls!