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12/19/08

Popcorn Balls



BG's braces were removed recently, making popcorn again a staple in her diet. As a treat for her classmates, and bowling league pals, she decided that she would make popcorn balls. SH was excited as well. I found the recipe, brought home the ingredients, and because I could not find the candy thermometer (maybe it broke, and I threw it away), explained the definition of hard and soft crack to SH.

Look at all that gooey goodness

This is the recipe that we used. SH popped the popcorn in a pan on the stove according to directions that I found online. He said he had used this method as a child. We had an electric popcorn maker, so this was all new to me.

Popcorn Balls
  • 18 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

1. Remove all unpopped kernels from popped popcorn*. Put popcorn in a greased 17x12x2-inch baking or roasting pan. Keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree F oven while making syrup.


2. For syrup mixture, butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In saucepan combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils, stirring to dissolve sugar (about 6 minutes). Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 250 degree F, hard-ball stage (about 20 minutes).

3. Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour syrup mixture over the hot popcorn and stir gently to coat. Cool until the popcorn mixture can be handled easily. With buttered hands, quickly shape the mixture into 2-1/2-inch diameter balls. Wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap. We used wax paper. Makes about 20 popcorn balls.

*Don't grab the metal bowl of popcorn that has come directly from the oven. That is what I did before I started picking out burning hot unpopped kernels.


The recipe made 18 popcorn balls

Wrapped and ready for delivery

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20 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your popcorn ball recipe at Cast Party Wednesday. Brings back childhood memories. I hope your having a GREAT week! ~Sheryl~

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  2. What an easy recipe! Perfect for a movie night! Thanks for the tip on using a pot holder...hope your fingers are all healed over now!

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  3. Thanks for sharing, I am going to make some for my trick or treaters!
    Hugs Penny

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  4. These looks super yummy! We are popcorn loving fools at this house. Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  5. I will love popcorn balls to my dying day and I am pretty sure they will be serving them up in Heaven....:))

    When I was a little girl...long long looooong ago, popcorn balls were such an awesome and favorite treat. When we went Trick or Treating, if I got more than one, homemade popcorn ball, I was thrilled to pieces...:)
    These look wonderful...
    I believe I'd better follow you so I won't miss any good cookin' over here. :)

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  6. Hi Lisa,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. Great for Halloween and party favors... thanks for sharing this on Foodie friday.

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  8. These look delicious! How nice your daughter's braces are off! Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

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  9. Ouchy, I always feel so silly when I manage to burn myself. Love your popcorn balls, they look scrumptious, I wouldn't be able to stop at one. Popcorn is one of those foods that just has to be eaten until the last bit is gone!

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  10. Thanks for sharing! It reminds me of my mom.

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  11. My son loves popcorn balls! How perfect for a Halloween or autumn party! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

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  12. We absolutely love popcorn balls in our house!! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Great idea. I've never thought to make something like this. Thanks for sharing at Melting Moments :)
    www.meltingmoments.info

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  14. Oh, what a blast from the past! Great recipe! Everyone love popcorn balls! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe at ON THE MENU MONDAY!

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  15. Thanks for sharing your popcorn ball recipe on my Munchin on Mondays link party! I used to love making these with my mom when we were kids. BTW. I hope you didn't have a goat induced nightmare last night. Tee Hee.

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  16. So fun! I've never made popcorn balls, but yours look like they turned out great. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

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  17. Thank you for linking with See Ya In the Gumbo this week.

    I have one about to get braces. Guess we'd better stuff him full of some of these quick!

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  18. Yum! I've always wondered how to make popcorn balls. It's a Halloween favorite of mine! Visiting from Tasty Tuesdays :)

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  19. Very cool! I couldn't even tell you the last time I ate a popcorn ball. I bet my kids would love that. Thanks for linking up at Friday Food Fight. :-)

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  20. I've read about how to make these before and always wanted to try it! Thanks for the reminder and added inspiration, and for sharing this on Meatless Monday :)

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