How to Make Popcorn Balls


Popcorn is very simple to make so many recipes have evolved to add a little extra to popped corn. Popcorn balls would be one of these recipes, they are an old-fashioned treat for Christmas or anytime. This recipe for popcorn balls makes 12 medium sized balls.

Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 qts. popped popcorn
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1

      Pop 2 qts. popcorn - air-popped is best - and put in a large pan. Keep popcorn warm by placing it in a warm (about 200 degrees F) oven.

    • 2

      Put sugar, corn syrup, butter, 1/3 cup water and salt in a medium saucepan.

    • 3

      Place pan over medium heat and stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.

    • 4

      Stop stirring and let syrup cook until it reaches 270 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

    • 5

      Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.

    • 6

      Take popcorn out of oven and pour hot syrup over popcorn a little at a time, stirring constantly, until all popcorn is coated.

    • 7

      Let popcorn cool slightly, until you can handle it easily.

    • 8

      Grease your hands with butter and form popcorn into balls.

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