Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.


1 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
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


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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