I decided to make a recipe from my 4-H club for Vinegar Candied Popcorn. I really wanted to make caramel popcorn but thought I would try this one out. I wasn't sure about using the vinegar because it smelled so strong, but it ended up tasting delicious. I added green food coloring to mine because it was almost Easter.
Vinegar Candied Popcorn
1/2 Cup unpopped popcorn - pop and set aside in a large bowl (Remove all unpopped kernels)
1/2 Cup of peanuts or nuts (if desired)
2 Sticks Butter
1 1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/3 Cup Vinegar
1/3 Cup Water
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
In a large heavy pan, cook the butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, vinegar and water to a soft ball stage. (Soft Ball stage is around 235-245 degrees. Drop a spoonful of hot syrup into a bowl of very cold water to test. If the mix has reached soft-ball stage, it will form a ball while in the cold water, but flatten when removed from the cold water.) Watch Softball Stage Video.
Remove from heat and add baking soda and food coloring if desired. The mixture will foam. Pour over popcorn, add nuts if desired and stir until well coated. Cool on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Store in air tight container.