How to Make Pinipig Crunch Balls
A delicious and easy to make pinipig crunch balls. It is made from puffed fried pinipig, butter and your choice of nuts.
- 1 cup pinipig about 4 cups when puffed
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon chopped cashew or peanuts
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup water
How to make Pinipig Crunch:
In a casserole heat about 2 inches of cooking oil and fry the pinipig.
Pour into a colander to drain off the oil.
Put the puffed pinipig in a large pan or bowl.
Add salt and butter. Add nuts if you wish.
In a casserole put together sugar and water.
Cook over medium heat till it reaches the hard ball stage.
Pour over pinipig, tossing and turning with a wooden spoon to coat with the syrup.
Form into balls and cool. Store in an airtight container.
How to make the syrup. (Hard Ball Stage):
Melt sugar and water in a thick metal or nonstick pan over low to medium heat.
Using a wooden spoon, stir continuously until sugar melts and begins to brown.
Test for hard ball stage by putting a drop of syrup into a glass of cold water.
If it hardens like candy, it is done.
If using a candy thermometer, hard-ball stage is 250 °F - 260 °F or 122 °C -127 °C.
To melt hardened syrup, heat over double boiler.
Stir until melted and use immediately.