• 7 quarts popped popcorn (unsalted, unbuttered)

• 1 C sugar

• 1 C light or dark corn syrup 

• 1/4 C water

• 1/4 tsp salt

• 3 Tbsp butter

• 1 tsp vanilla extract

• Food coloring (optional)

Directions: Put popped popcorn on a large baking pan; keep warm in a 200-degree oven. Combine sugar, corn syrup, water and salt in a large sauce pan, cooking over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 235 degrees. Remove from heat. Add the butter, vanilla and food coloring (if desired). Stir until butter is melted. Pour over popcorn and stir until coated. When mixture is cool enough to handle, quickly shape into balls, dipping hands in cold water to prevent sticking.

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