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Country Popcorn Balls

Peanuts in Country Popcorn Balls

Country Popcorn Balls with popcorn packed with the great flavors of apple, maple syrup and butter plus the additions of peanuts and dates.


2 cups sugar
2/3 cup apple juice or water
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup butter
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
4 quarts warm popped popcorn *
1 cup honey-roasted, unsalted or salted peanuts
1 8-ounce package chopped dates (1-1/2 cups)


Combine sugar, apple juice, syrup, butter and salt in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove sugar from sides of pan with a wet brush. Cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 270-degrees, or the soft crack stage on a candy thermometer. Add vanilla.

Dates Pour mixture over popped popcorn, peanuts and dates; mix well. Wet or butter hands and shape into 3-inch balls.

*Note: 1 ounce of unpopped popcorn kernels (2 tablespoons household measure) makes approximately 1 quart of popped popcorn.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 18 Country Popcorn Balls.

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