Saturday, August 23, 2008

Royal Foodie Joust: Orange Ginger Caramel Popcorn Balls

This month for the Royal Foodie Joust the ingredients were whole grain, citrus and ginger. I can only assume Kittens In The Kitchen is hoping for a whole series of healthful entries; and knowing the gang, she will recieve them. I, on the otherhand, created something that wraps up the wholesome goodness in sweet, sweet caramel. Let me explain: vitamin C from the orange for a cold, ginger to soothe the throat and popcorn for...alright, basically this is delicious rather than healthy.

I bring you Orange Ginger Caramel Popcorn Balls (dentist co-pay comes separately.) For my recipe, I did adapt a recipe from for the caramel, but the flavor additions are all me.

Orange Ginger Caramel Popcorn Balls
Pop 1.5 cups corn as you wish (we used the microwave). When warm, toss with butter and salt. Add thin slivers of orange zest and chunks of candied ginger. Set aside.

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, warm
3 T butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp orange extract
a splash of freshly squeeze orange juice
1 t ginger powder

When the mixture comes 230 degrees, pour over popcorn. Either wait one minute, take a deep breath and then form into balls. Or, use two spoons to form into balls. It cools quickly so you will need to work fast.



_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...


This is EXACTLY what we were going to do for the Joust!!!!

No kidding!!!



It's so "exactly" it's kinda weird!


Haha. Great minds think alike!!! =D

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I laughed out loud when I saw this. This is EXACTLY what we were going to do for the Joust! LOL

I know who I'm going to vote for now. I'm voting for the genius. ;)

Katerina said...

Wow that looks great, definitely not on the diet though.

Michele said...

I think that you have a winner there. OMG.... They look fantastic!

Dragon said...

Well aren't you sneaky. :) These look so wonderful. I can't wait to try them!

Jacque said...

Wow, popcorn gets fancy at your house, lol. It looks fantastic... so creative!

Your little elderberry fennel pies sound interesting too. And they're cute as can be.

Kevin said...

Those popcorn balls look really good! Great idea for the joust!

Maggie said...

The orange and ginger sound delicious and I really like the size. What is it with popcorn balls the size of softballs? I wonder if I can make my vegan caramel recipe work in this...

fluffernutter said...

Just two words: day-um.