Popcorn Balls For Beginners

2 quart popped popcorn 
1 cup sugar 
1/3 cup corn syrup 
1/3 cup water 
1/4 cup butter 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon vanilla 

Preheat oven to 250. Put popcorn in a large, 4 inch deep buttered baking pan. Keep warm in the oven. Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, butter and salt in a large saucepan. 
Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook until mixture reaches 250 on a candy thermometer, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in vanilla. Remove popcorn from oven. Pour syrup mixture over popcorn, stirring to mix well. 
Form into balls. Makes approximately 8 balls

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