Oct 062013
 

I grew up on a small farm out in the country with just a few close neighbors.  On Halloween when we went treat-or-treating we only had a few houses to go to.  The two I remember most the German people across the highway who gave us some yucky baked health stuff and the neighbor next door. She made the best caramel popcorn balls in the whole world!  I loved coming home and eating that popcorn ball. So every year I try to recreate it ~ so far no success. This year I received a great kit from Good Cook that included a popcorn baller that helped making the popcorn balls easier. I loved how it worked.  I will give you my recipe below – but I want to show you how fun and easy it is to make your own Caramel Popcorn Balls even if they don’t taste as good as Joyce made. IMG_1716

The first thing I did is pop my popcorn – I used microwave popcorn but you can use store bought, make on the stove or make with an air popper.  The one important thing is to make sure that you get all the unpopped kernels out of the popcorn.

One of the fun things you can do is add all kinds of different treats into the popcorn.  I added almonds, cashews and dried cranberries.  There are lots of things you could add including ~ Gummy Bears, Candy Corn, Chocolate Chips or any flavor Chips, candy bars cut up, pretzels, potato chips, any kind of dried fruit or nuts and you could even add something fun like bacon.  I think Bacon and Chocolate chips would be great in a Caramel Popcorn Ball.

The next thing I did was make the caramel on the stove.  It is a bit of a process  making the caramel just like making any candy is.  You make it on the stove top and heat it while stirring until it gets to the soft ball stage.  My caramel turned out wonderful.

Once the caIMG_1719ramel is done you mix it up with the popcorn and the fun treats you may have added.  Once I was done with that I used my new popcorn baller.  You must make sure that it is buttered. I used butter spray.  When you put the caramel in it is pretty hot so be careful.  You put the popcorn ball in the bottom of the baller and then push it together with the top part.

The next thing I did was put on wax paper until they cooled.  IMG_1720

Here is my finished caramel popcorn ball.  It might not look that great but – it sure tasted yummy.

One of the things I like best about cooking and making things is the kitchen is how it brings back such good memories.  Mine of time when things were simpler and fun.

If you want to make your own memories and make some popcorn balls you can get  25% off your Popcorn Ballers from goodcook.com.  Use CODE: POPCORN. Make sure you follow Good Cook on Facebook and Twitter to get more good recipes.

Caramel Popcorn Balls
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 5 qts popped pop corn
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • ½ c Corn Syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 c add ins - nuts, fruit, candy, pretzels ect...
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • ½ of 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. Mix popcorn and candy in large bowl
  2. In 2 quart saucepan, melt butter
  3. Stir in sugar and corn syrup ~ bring to boil on medium heat
  4. Stir in sweetened condensed milk
  5. Boil gently stirring constantly until mixture comes to the soft ball stage (234 degrees) takes about 15-20 minutes
  6. Stir in vanilla
  7. Pour over popcorn mixture and stir until well coated
  8. Butter popcorn baller and make your balls
  9. Cool on wax paper
  10. Eat or wrap in wax paper
  11. Do not store in a closed container

 

If you have a favorite Popcorn recipe I would love it if you shared in the comments.  I am always looking for a recipe.

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Aug 152013
 

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On the second Saturday of the month we have a potluck at church so I like to make something different and something everyone would like. Good Cook recently sent me a ProFreshional Avocado Slicer, Citrus Reamer and Citrus Zester  so I decided to make a nice summer salad.  Using my new kitchen tools really helped out; I first used the Avocado Slicer to take the seed out of the middle of the avocado and then I sliced the avocado using my new slicer. It’s a great two in one tool!   I then used the Citrus Reamer to get the juice out of the lime, which got a lot more juice out than I could squeezing by hand.  Then I put the juice over the avocado to help keep it from getting brown.IMG_1454

My salad was a hit and all that was left was an empty bowl.  What I really liked the most about the salad was how colorful and refreshing it was.  I also liked that it was simple to make using my new ProFreshional toolsIMG_1453 from GoodCook.com.

You can use the imitation crab like I did in the salad I brought to the potluck or you could use shrimp.  The salad can be served by itself or on a bed of lettuce.

When I make it at home for guest I sometimes put it in the empty avocado half.  It looks really good that way, but no matter how you like to serve it is good and the Good Cook tools will make it a snap to make.

 

 

 

Avocado Summer Salad

Ingredients

2 Avocados (chunked)

Juice of one lime

1 English cucumber (sliced)

½ Red onion (diced)

1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in half

1 cup imitation crab (chunked)

¼ cup avocado or olive oil

1/8 cup rice wine vinegar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 tablespoons cilantro minced

Instructions

First squeeze the juice of the lime over the chunked up avocados.Toss the avocado, cucumber, onion, tomatoes, and crab together gently.  Mix the remaining ingredients together.  Pour over avocado mixture and mix gently, chill for at least an hour.  Enjoy!

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 “Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”