Old-Time Popcorn Balls

20 C Popcorn (1 cup unpopped)
2 C Sugar
1 C Water
1/2 C Light corn syrup
1 tsp Vingegar
1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 300°.
2. Remove all unpopped kernels from popped corn. Put popcorn in a large roasting pan; keep warm in oven.
3. Butter the sides of a 2-quart saucepan. In it combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook to 270° (soft-crack stage), stirring frequently (mixture should boil gently over entire surface). remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
4. Slowly pour mixture over hot popcorn. Sitir just until mixed. Butter hands; using a buttered cup, scoop up popcorn mixture. Shape with buttered hands into 2-1/2 to 3-inch balls.

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