Sesame-Ginger Popcorn Balls
From EatingWell: September/October 2011
Caramel popcorn balls made with crystallized ginger and sesame seeds are a fun twist on the original recipe. They’re sure to be a hit at your next Halloween party.
- 6 heaping cups popped corn
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup reduced-calorie light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds (see Tip)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Prepare a medium bowl of ice water. Put popcorn in large bowl.
- Combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. As soon as the syrup starts to lightly bubble, cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is melted and the mixture darkens, about 2 minutes.
- Immediately pour the mixture evenly over the popcorn; gently mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until well coated. Gently stir in finely chopped crystallized ginger.
- Dip both hands in the ice water. Working quickly, press small handfuls (heaping 1/4 cup each) of the popcorn mixture firmly into 2-inch balls. (Make sure each ball gets a little bit of the ginger.) Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet. If they seem too fragile, rinse hands with cold water and press and squeeze each ball again to help keep it together. Roll each ball in sesame seeds or sprinkle with sesame seeds while still a little damp and sticky.
- Let cool completely before storing. To store, individually wrap in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Wrap airtight for up to 2 days, but best the day they are made.
- Tip: Look for toasted sesame seeds at the supermarket near other Asian ingredients. Or toast regular sesame seeds in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Per ball: 103 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 5 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 9 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 18 mg sodium; 36 mg potassium.
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate, 1 fat
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- Total Time
- 30 minutes or less
- 8 or more
- Ease of Preparation
- September/October 2011