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Popcorn Balls Recipe

Popcorn Balls Recipe

Field editor Edna Hoffman of Hebron, Indiana writes, "These sweet chewy snacks are made from one of our state's most popular crops—popcorn! This version has a nice caramel color and flavor."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, water, corn syrup, butter and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue cooking, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 270° (soft-crack stage).
  • 2. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over popcorn; stir to coat. When cool enough to handle, quickly shape into balls. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 331 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 446mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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