Some readers have asked for this recipe since I “teased” about it in a recent e-mail, so here it is. My great-grandmother clipped it out of a newspaper many decades ago. No one is sure when, but it’s now in its 4th generation in our family. Growing up, it was our absolute favorite snack for family movie night (which was a treat in itself, since we didn’t watch much TV). It is not crunchy like caramel popcorn, but you eat it warm, sticky and gooey. My dad used to make a big bowl of it, then dole it out into smaller bowls for each person. Enjoy!
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk
pinch of salt
butter “the size of an egg” (about 3 T.)
1 T. cocoa
1-2 tsp. vanilla
6-8 c. plain popped popcorn
In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients except popcorn and vanilla. Cook over medium heat about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until a drop of syrup placed in cold water forms a ball (“soft ball stage”). Add vanilla. Stir well and pour hot syrup over popped corn, stirring to coat evenly. Serve immediately.