Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls Recipe

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Popcorn always make a crowd-pleasing snack...but you can make it into a chewy, sweet delight with this classic recipe.—American Pop Corn Co., Sioux City, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 161 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Place popcorn in a baking pan and keep warm in a 200° oven. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, stir together the sugar, corn syrup, water, butter and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Continue cooking without stirring until the temperature reaches 270° on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat. Add vanilla; stir just enough to mix. Slowly pour over the popcorn. Cool just enough to handle. Shape with buttered hands. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls in Country Woman November/December 1993, p36

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AJEE4 User ID: 1480215 12111
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2008

"I made these for a Breast Cancer bake Sale fund raiser for a girl I work with. Everyone loved them, we sold every single ball."

leftie User ID: 153307 7798
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2008

"this sounds great,but i am lppoking for a similar recipe that was on the back of popcorn bag"

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