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Best Ever Popcorn Balls


"Sweet, crunchy balls of popcorn."
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20 m servings 191 cals
Original recipe yields 20 servings (20 popcorn balls)


  • Calories:
  • 191 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 7 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 32.8g
  • 11%
  • Protein:
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 152 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, margarine, cold water, confectioners' sugar and marshmallows. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Carefully combine the hot mixture with the popcorn, coating each kernel.
  2. Grease hands with vegetable shortening and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls before it cools. Wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

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Love this soft chewy recipe!!!! EASY!!! A quick way to make balls is to oil a cup(measuring cup works well) ans stuff coated popcorn in. A tap to the bottom of the cup onto waxed paper leaves ...

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Bingo! I don't ever need to try another popcorn recipe again. After reader reviews and a few modifications this recipe turned out absolutely SUPERB. It's a classic! I didn't rate it 5 stars...

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Love this soft chewy recipe!!!! EASY!!! A quick way to make balls is to oil a cup(measuring cup works well) ans stuff coated popcorn in. A tap to the bottom of the cup onto waxed paper leaves ...

Very easy to make & yummy! I made them for my child's class. 3 microwaveable bags of popcorn was sufficent for 20 servings. After popping, I placed them in 2 large casserole dishes & set them in...

Quick & easy! First time making popcorn balls, will definitly make again. I made them for my son's class~they loved them! A couple of tips that worked for me was using the gloves sprayed with Pa...

I have never eaten nor less made popcorn balls, ever!! I know, I was pretty clueless, but I wanted to make some for a church function today. My husband informed me that he really liked them so ...

I was searching for a popcorn ball recipe that did not involve using a thermometer. I needed something quick and easy. Luckily, I found this one. I made two batches. The 2 batches made about 40 ...

So easy! I used marshmallow fluff instead of just marshmallows. This is the first time I made popcorn balls and it took me a little while to realize that you have to press REALLY hard on the bal...

This is wonderful recipe! I made them in about 15 minutes. They taste good and they don't get as hard as a rock after 15 minutes.

Sweet and chewy. I liked these very much. They didn't get hard like most of the others do. I used microwave buttered popcorn. I used almost 6 bags. Buttery sweetness..mmmmm! My kids LOVED t...

I made these for my 3rd grade daughters class pinic. They were tasty. Kids may have a problem handling the hot mixture to form the balls. Givin a chance to cool she had fun helping.