Caramel Pecan Popcorn Balls

by on December 21, 2011

One of my husband’s favorite childhood treats at Christmas time was Caramel Popcorn Balls. It’s funny that I was just informed of this almost 10 years into our marriage! At any rate, we decided this would be a fun family tradition to start with our little family so I started my search for the perfect recipe online.

I quickly realized that just about every recipe out there calls for some form of corn syrup and most also include sweetened condensed milk – neither of which I prefer to feed my family.

Then I came across this post by Kristy over at Little Natural Cottage. I was excited to give it a try. These turned out perfectly! We made “mini” popcorn balls and used pecans for our nut of choice. My husband took these to work and we passed some out to neighbors and my daughter’s preschool teachers.

I should have paid more  attention when reading her recipe as I don’t own a candy thermometer and had already started preparing the ingredients when noticing this little fact :)  I still made the recipe and despite having never made “candy” before, I was able to follow these instructions on the cold water test and our caramel popcorn balls turned out perfectly!

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