Molasses Popcorn Balls

An old favorite with a new twist.

    4 qts plain popcorn
    1 cup molasses
    1 cup sugar
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 cup wheat germ

  1. Prepare 4 quarts of unbuttered popcorn according to the instructions. Place in a large, buttered, heatproof bowl.
  2. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine molasses, sugar and salt. Cook over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat setting to medium and cook the syrup until it reaches 260°F (127°C) on a candy thermometer. In the meantime, heat the wheat germ in a small skillet over low heat, stirring until warm. When the syrup reaches 260°F (127°C), stir in the warm wheat germ. Pour the syrup over the popcorn, tossing to coat evenly.
  3. With buttered hands, shape the mixture into 14 to 16 orange-size balls. Allow the balls to cool for 1 hour.