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Old-Time Popcorn Balls

Old-Time Popcorn Balls

"Our whole family loves popcorn. These old-time popcorn balls are great anytime, but they're especially fun to pass out to trick-or-treaters or to use at Christmastime as stocking stuffers! They always look appealing when covered in a clear warp and tied with a festive ribbon."
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30 m servings
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  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine molasses, sugar, water, vinegar and butter. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer (soft-ball stage). Add baking soda and stir well. Remove from heat and immediately pour over popcorn, stirring gently with a wooden spoon until well coated. When cool enough to handle, quickly shape into 3-in. balls, dipping hands in cool water to prevent the syrup from sticking.

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These are yummy!! They taste just like caramel corn. It's the only recipe I could track down for popcorn balls that didn't use corn syrup. I was a bit hesitant since molasses has a strong and di...

Most helpful critical review

I pressed them into muffin tins, sprinkled chocolate chips on top, covered with foil and popped them into the freezer. Not alot of mess making them into balls this way!

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These are yummy!! They taste just like caramel corn. It's the only recipe I could track down for popcorn balls that didn't use corn syrup. I was a bit hesitant since molasses has a strong and di...

These were fantastic. Like someone else said, I was wary of using molasses because of the strong flavor, but it turned out wonderfully. This was the first time my boyfriend tried popcorn balls a...

This is a great recipes I didn't change a thing except to triple the batch. These reminded me of my grandfather's popcorn balls growing up in up-state Vermont. Thanks for submitting this GREAT r...

I thought these were great! Had a craving for popcorn balls, looked on the site and voila, here's a great recipe! I halved it and it was fine. The only thing I wish I thought of ahead of time,...

Good Recipe, tasted just like crackerjacks. Only I had a hard time getting the balls to stay as balls. They kept fallng apart. So, I threw in a carmal squares (meltedw/ mixture) and some mixed n...

Nostalgically delicious! Just like we used to get when we trick or treated. I made these last night for my 4 grandkids and they gobbled them up lickety split. I did use microwave popcorn (butter...

I pressed them into muffin tins, sprinkled chocolate chips on top, covered with foil and popped them into the freezer. Not alot of mess making them into balls this way!

Delicious, recipe worked perfect

This recipe was absolutely terrific! It was my first time making popcorn balls, and they turned out great. I think next time I try this recipe I may not use as much popcorn as they suggest, and ...

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