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Lincoln Snack's Screaming Yellow Zonkers

Courses: Snacks

Recipe Ingredients

1 cup 198g / 7ozGranulated sugar
4 tablespoons 60mlButter
1/2 cup 164g / 5.8ozCorn syrup
1/2 cup 118mlWater
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlVanilla
1 1/3   Butter-flavored microwave popcorn

Recipe Instructions

Combine sugar, butter, corn syrup, water and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. You're going to bring the candy to 265 to 275 degrees, or what is known as the hard ball stage. For this it's best to use a candy thermometer. If you don't have one, don't worry. Drip the candy into a small glass of cold water. If the candy forms a very hard, yet slightly pliable ball, bingo, you're there. Watch your mixture closely so that it doesn't boil over.

While candy cooks, pop both bags of popcorn and spread about 2 quarts or 1 1/3 bags of popcorn on one large or two small cookie sheets. Put the popcorn in your oven set on its lowest temperature. This will keep the popcorn hot so that the candy will coat better.

When your candy has reached the hard ball stage, add the vanilla. Pull the popcorn from the oven and, working quickly, pour the candy over the popcorn in thin streams. Mix the popcorn so that each kernel is coated with candy, put the popcorn back into the oven for five more minutes, then stir once again. This will help to coat each kernel. You can repeat this step once more if necessary to get all of the popcorn coated. Pour popcorn onto a large sheet of wax paper to cool. Spread the popcorn out, but be careful -- it's hot.

When popcorn is cool, break it up and immediately put it into a tightly sealed container, such as Tupperware. This will ensure that it stays fresh. This stuff gets stale very quickly in moist climates if left out.

This recipe yields about 4 quarts.

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