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Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls


  • Author: Cindy Gibbs
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 5 Medium Popcorn Balls 1x

Description

These old-fashioned popcorn balls are buttery and molded together with a sweet simple syrup.  They are the perfect Fall or Halloween treat.


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Ingredients

  • 7 cups popped popcorn, unsalted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup (or molasses for molasses popcorn balls)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (If you use salted popcorn, omit the salt)
  • 1/2 stick butter, unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Sift through the popped corn and remove any unpopped kernels.  Transfer popcorn to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the sugar, water, corn syrup, salt, and butter to a medium saucepan and mix over medium heat until the butter has melted and all ingredients are combined.
  3. Cook to 250 degrees on a candy thermometer or when mixture forms a hard ball when dropped in cold water.  Click the following link to see how to test candy in cold water,  http://www.mycountrytable.com/test-candy-cold-water/
  4. Drizzle the hot syrup in a thin stream over the popcorn while mixing at the same time.  Mix until all of the popcorn is covered with the syrup.
  5. Using buttered hands shape popcorn into balls and place on parchment paper.  Allow popcorn balls to sit on the parchment paper for 15 minutes and place each one in a sandwich bag.

Popcorn balls will stay fresh for up to 5 days if kept in sealed sandwich bags.


  • Category: Snacks

Keywords: popcorn, popcorn balls, Fall treats, Halloween treats, old fashioned popcorn balls,