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honeybee.gif (1778 bytes)Regular caramel popcorn has little to offer nutritionally besides a little fiber.   Try this healthier alternative from the National Honey Board.

Honey Nut Popcorn Balls 

3 quarts popped corn 
1/2 cup finely-chopped almonds
1/2 cup finely-chopped dried apricots
1 1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon or orange extract

In a large, greased mixing bowl, combine popcorn, almonds and apricots; mix well.  In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, honey and water.   Bring to a boil, stirring constantly for about 5 to 7 minutes (approximately. 280░ on candy thermometer,  the soft-crack stage).

Remove pan from heat.  Immediately stir in extract.  Quickly pour syrup over popcorn mixture.  Stir thoroughly to make sure all pieces are coated. 

To make popcorn balls:  Grease hands with butter or margarine.    Working fast,  scoop up enough popcorn mixture to make a medium sized ball.  Shape firmly into ball and place on waxed paper.  When balls are slightly cooled, re-grease hands and firmly press each popcorn ball again so shape will hold.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.  Makes 6 servings or 15 to 18 popcorn balls.






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