Molasses Popcorn Balls

Molasses Popcorn Balls


4 qts plain popcorn

1 cup molasses

1 cup sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 cup wheat germ


Prepare 4 quarts of unbuttered popcorn according to the instructions. Place in a large, buttered, heatproof bowl.

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.

With buttered hands, shape the mixture into 14 to 16 orange-size balls. Allow the balls to cool for 1 hour.

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