Old Time Popcorn Balls

Old Time Popcorn Balls


"A favorite treat, very popular with my family, hope it's just as popular with yours."


servings 220 cals
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Original recipe yields 15 servings



  • Calories:
  • 220 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 6.3 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 41.7g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 239 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Butter the sides of a large saucepan. In the sauce pan combine the sugar, water, salt, corn syrup and vinegar. Cook over medium heat to the hard ball stage 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Stir in the vanilla and slowly pour the hot mixture over the popped popcorn, stirring just to mix well.
  2. Butter hands lightly and shape into balls. Mixture will be hot so be careful. Place balls on waxed paper to cool.
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  1. 54 Ratings


helpful hint: when making mixture get a glass of cold water, drip mixture in and listen to it, if it crackles, its ready, just do this often you don't want your candy to burn! it works and they ...

All of the one star/negative reviews are obviously from people who are not willing to invest the necessary time to make this recipe. To say "it never did reach hard ball stage" is a ridiculous...

I loved this recipe, it tasted just like my grandmother's popcorn balls. I think those who tried this recipe and did not wait long enough for the sugar mixture to turn to hardball stage, just di...

This was a fun one!!! I made two batches in one hour and the party loved them... I ate 8 myself... I had no idea what the hardening stage was until it happened.. then i waited bout ten more minu...

I did this recipe for my children and never made popcorn balls before. I added yellow food coloring to the candy mix and candy corn to the popcorn before the candy mix was added and shaped them ...

The trick to getting this recipe is a thermometer! They came out ok, but a little chewier than I like. For those having trouble with the syrup, DON'T cook over medium heat! It will take too lon...

These were a disaster for me too. )o: Seemed like I had to cook and stir the syrup mixture forever and then it "sugared" after just a few hours. My girlfriend said, she loved ME but these wer...

Couldn't get it to the hard ball stage. The mixture is WAY to watery. Must have gotten mixed up. Looking for another recipe.

This recipe did not turn out for me at all. I wonder if the amount of water and corn syrup did not accidentally get rearranged. Mixture was too "soupy" and never got to "hard ball" stage when ...