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Traditional Popcorn Balls

 Traditional Popcorn Balls
Kids of all ages enjoy these old-fashioned holiday treats. One batch goes a long way. —Cathy Karges, Hazen, North Dakota
20 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 7 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Food coloring, optional


  • Place popcorn in a large baking pan; keep warm in a 200° oven.
  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt.
  • Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 235°
  • (soft-ball stage).
  • Remove from the heat. Add the butter, vanilla and food coloring if
  • desired; stir until butter is melted. Immediately pour over popcorn
  • and stir until evenly coated.
  • When mixture is cool enough to handle, quickly shape into 3-in.
  • balls, dipping hands in cold water to prevent sticking. Yield: 20
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 177 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 203 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 31 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein.