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Caramel Popcorn Balls

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Makes 12-14 balls or squares.
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This old-time Caramel Popcorn Balls recipe dates back to the mid-1800s and remains a favorite wholesome treat, especially at Halloween. 

The popcorn balls are easy to make; the only trick is to watch the caramel carefully: It can go from golden brown to nearly black in the matter just of a few seconds.

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, plus more for bowl and hands
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 cups popped popcorn

Grease a large bowl with butter or cooking spray.
In a large, heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Bring to a boil and stir in butter. Reduce heat to medium-low and boil gently for 3 minutes, or until light golden brown, stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Put popped corn into prepared bowl. Pour syrup mixture over popcorn and stir until popcorn is evenly coated. As soon as mixture is cool enough to handle, grease your hands and shape popcorn into 2- to 3-inch balls. When balls are cool, wrap in plastic or wax paper.