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Favorite Popcorn Balls Recipe

Favorite Popcorn Balls

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"Here is a recipe my family has used for years. We make the colored kind in red and green for Christmas!"

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Original recipe makes 12 to 14 popcorn balls Change Servings


  1. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a 4 quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When oil is hot, add 1/2 cup of popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Repeat until all corn has been popped. Place popped corn into a buttered bowl.
  2. In 2 quart saucepan, melt butter. Stir in sugar, molasses, and salt. Insert a candy thermometer in saucepan and boil sugar mixture on medium heat until the thermometer reads 260 degrees F(126 degrees C).
  3. Pour syrup over corn, while stirring popcorn thoroughly. Butter hands lightly. Shape popcorn into 12 to 14 balls.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 22, 2010

For those like me without a candy thermometer-boil the 'sauce' at bubbling & stir for several minutes, until a drop in a cup of cold water makes a gooey ball, then it's ready to drizzle on the popcorn and they will hold together when packed by hand (after cooling a bit). I used just 1 cup corn, but 1 1/2 c sugar and 1 1/2 c molasses, and got a yummy batch of 22 (24 if I hadn't eaten some on the way to the wax paper!).

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 02, 2008

WARNING: This doesn't make popcorn balls... it makes CARAMEL CORN. It's yummy, but I tried to shape it into balls and it just didn't work. It's very crunchy, and not gooey/sticky like I wanted. If you like caramel corn, try this recipe, but if you're wanting popcorn balls, look elsewhere.


17 Ratings

Oct 27, 2006

They turned out perfect!! Thanks for your receipe!!

Dec 04, 2003

Great recipe for the holidays. Next time I may make it with unsalted microwave popcorn to shorten the process. I added salted peanuts which gave them a great flavor! The kids loved them!

Jul 30, 2009

Was looking for recipe for carmel corn to use up the left over popped corn - used this recipe because I don't use corn syrup at all - had about 6 cups leftover popped corn (organic, already seasoned with coconut oil/butter/salt mixture) - Mixed 1/2 TBLS butter with 1/2 cup of raw organic cane sugar and 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses, no salt. Brought to boil, and since I don't have candy thermometer, dropped drops of mixture into cold water until hard, pliable (but not sticky!) ball formed - poured over corn, mixed and layed out on wax paper to dry - YUMMY!

Nov 02, 2005

They tasted very good but next time I'll use half the popcorn or double the syrup that goes on it. The problem may have been that I used a hot air popper instead of popping it on the stove. I ended up with more popcorn than syrup to hold it all together.

Jun 10, 2005

This is very similar to the recipe my family has handed down for generations. A Christmas tradition!

Mar 02, 2009

This was okay. I halved the recipe (because I only had 1 C of molasses). Like other reviewers stated, there wasn't enough sauce for all of the popcorn. It only covered about half of it. The flavor was pretty good... not exciting though. Oh, and there was no way I could turn the bowl of popcorn into balls... there just wasn't enough sauce to make them stick together.


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  • Calories
  • 271 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 52.9 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 4.2 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 98 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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