Monday, February 28, 2011

Balls!! Of the popcorn persuasion....

(*disclaimer: the recipes you may find here from time to time on Mood Munchies Mondays will by no means be healthy.  So, if you're trying to trim the fat, cut carbs, be fit, eat more veggies, etc...oh, heck!  Stick around.  You've got "cheat" days, don't you?)

Happy Monday, everyone!!  So, today's post will be short and sweet - literally!  A super easy recipe and a sure-fire sugar fix!  I give you:

Popcorn Balls

Here's what you'll need:

1 cube margarine/butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 t. vanilla (I add a bit more)
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2-3 packages movie theater buttery microwave popcorn OR 6 qts. natural air-popped pop corn (I go with the microwaveable bags w/extra butter...umm, yeah...)

Here's what you do:

In a heavy sauce pan, bring all ingredients (less the popcorn) to a boil, boil for 3 minutes.  Take off heat and stir, stir, stir to a smooth consistency.  Pour over your popcorn.  Stir well to coat.  *You can either eat it straight out of the bowl or form into popcorn balls.  Wetting hands with water helps in the forming of balls.

And then you eat them, of course!!!  Soooo yum.

*But, how does this tie to writing, you ask?  Simple.  If you ever need to mindlessly mull over an idea, a problem spot, an edit, a choice...this delicious, addicting treat is a silent friend  you can gnaw on with one hand as you let your mind wander.  If your WiP is really giving you trouble?  You can also throw a popcorn ball.  It will likely stick to a wall, which - let's face it.  That's just good fun.  :)  And don't forget - this nummy treat you're enjoying?  Just like your initial idea, your little kernel of a story - it didn't really get good until you applied a little heat and popped it open and layered it with some sweet plots and deliciously delightful characters.

Happy writing today!

22 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Little balls of sugary energy!

Ellie said...

No. No. No. I'm supposed to be on a diet. Oh, go on then.

Ellie Garratt

Angela Felsted said...

Too good. These look way too good!

Mary Vaughn said...

I'll just say I'm making them for grandkids -- doubt they'll make it to their house though. Oh well.

Susanne Drazic said...

I remember making these as a kid.

Tracy said...

Okay, your post actually brought back a childhood memory...my grandmother use to make the best, the most delicious popcorn balls ever!!! She made them at Thanksgiving and at Christmas and we couldn't wait for either of those days so we could eat them. Now I will have to try your recipe and see if it is similar to hers :)

Jess said...

Yum, yum!

Abby Minard said...

Yum! That sounds good!

Meredith said...

Yum! I would definitely eat these--not throw them. :)

Colene Murphy said...

MMM YUM! That sounds amazing!!

Kari Marie said...

Yum!

Carrie said...

Yum! Those look great! I can't wait to make them.

DEZMOND said...

Ooooh, positively sinful :)

LeishaMaw said...

Sounds yummy. Now I'm busy trying to come up with a way of making it without processed sugar. Curse you sugar induced migraines.

Ann Best said...

A story idea and popcorn kernel--perfect analogy!

And thanks for your response on my post, from one Utah gal to another!!

Ann @ Long Journey Home

vbtremper said...

Sounds delish. Great way to meet a new blogging friend! Thanks for stopping by my blog - hope to "see" you again (here or there) soon.

-Vicki

Jeanne said...

OHM we have connections! Your wiener dog looks just like mine. Mine is a mini and she is beautiful. She is 13 and the love of our lives!!

Also you have been writing about procrastination....well, guess what?

And the best part is the popcorn balls. I tried making popcorn balls in college. I had a recipe and we cooked them in the dorm kitchen and wrapped them up. Unfortunately they turned out small and wet and hard. We had two huge bags of them wrapped up. College boys would go past our window and yell up "Got anything to eat?" so I tossed them down these terrible popcorn balls which they were delighted to try. 3 minutes later, the popcorn balls came flying back in through the open window. They did not want them. I am following you, wiener dog lover!

J.L. Campbell said...

Goodbye diet and hello weight gain. :D

Deniz Bevan said...

Neat! I've never tried making popcorn.
Passed you an award, fellow crusader! http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2011/02/passing-on-awards-and-passing-on.html

Len Lambert said...

Hmmm popcorn! Happy Monday! Happy Writing too, fellow crusader! :)

The Happy Whisk said...

Fabulous.

Donea Lee said...

Oh, these really are sinfully delicious!!

I hope you ALL try them. At least once. Remember - you can always run/walk/write the calories off later. Just one little bitty popcorn ball...you know you want to eat one!!!! mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!

But, seriously... :)

Thanks for the comments!