Caramel Popcorn Balls….
If there's a treat that is utterly indulgent,
and completely out of fashion in the "no sugar" stakes,
then these little bites of salted caramel popcorn,
with just the perfect balance of salty and sweet,
could well be a contender in the
old fashioned yumminess competition.
Yes, if you are following the no-sugar, no-fat, no-fun diet,
better stop reading now,
because these are sinfully delicious.
And of course, they aren't ALL bad,
because the popcorn itself has a little bit of nutrition.
And as for the other ingredients,
I'm just waiting for scientific studies to prove that
a little bit of deliciousness goes a long way to providing happiness…
Caramel Popcorn Balls
4 cups popped corn
½ cup (125 gm) coconut butter
½ cup raw sugar
2 Tablespoons golden syrup
pinch sea salt
½ cup chopped pepita seeds (optional)
Place freshly popped corn, salt and pepita seeds in a large bowl
and mix well.
Combine coconut butter, sugar and golden syrup in a small saucepan
and melt over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
Turn up heat and bring to the boil.
Boil for 3 minutes without stirring,
then quickly pour over popcorn mixture and stir well
with a wooden spoon.
As soon as mixture is cool enough to handle,
roll into balls.
They can be as big or as small as you like,
depending on how many people are impatiently waiting to
munch on their salty-sweet crunchy yumminess.
The silver dish which holds the golden balls
is a filagree one, found in an op shop, and much loved
for its delicate tracery.
I imagine it held cucumber sandwiches in its former life….