Popcorn Balls

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

As a child, my neighbor made these delicious popcorn balls for Halloween treats!

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 12 cups popcorn, already popped
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • candy thermometer
  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place the popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. In a sauce pan add butter, corn syrup, sugar and water. Heat mixture until it comes to a boil. Add the vanilla and salt and mix.
  4. Pour the mixture a little at a time evenly over popcorn, stirring until thoroughly combined.
  5. Grease hands with butter, and scoop up a handful of popcorn. Press it firmly between your hands, forming a ball shape. Make sure that the balls are compact; loosely formed popcorn balls easily fall apart.
  6. Place the popcorn balls on the prepared baking sheet and allow them to firm up at room temperature.

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