3 quarts popped popcorn*
12 candy sticks (about 4 1/2 inches long)
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cellophane and ribbon
Keep popcorn warm in a 300-degree Fahrenheit oven while preparing
syrup. In large saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup,
vinegar and salt. Cook to hard ball stage (250 degrees on
a candy thermometer).
Stir in vanilla.
Pour over popped popcorn, stirring to coat. Butter hands;
shape about 1 cup popped corn around each candy stick to form
logs. Let stand until cool. Wrap each log in clear or colored
cellophane or any bright paper. Secure each end with ribbon.