Recipe By Suzanne
Published Jun 30th
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 15 popcorn balls Calories 322.1

Easy to make and delicious. Kids Love them.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ cups unpopped popcorn
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a 4 quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When oil is hot, add 1/2 cup of popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Place popped corn in oven to keep warm. Repeat until all corn has been popped. Set aside.
  2. 2 In a medium saucepan with a candy thermometer inserted, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir well and bring to boiling over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk; simmer, stirring constantly, until thermometer reads 238 degrees F (114 degrees C). Stir in vanilla.
  3. 3 Pour caramel over popped corn and stir to coat. Butter hands lightly; shape popcorn into balls about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 322.1
  • Carbohydrate 54.8 g
  • Cholesterol 12.8 mg
  • Fat 10.4 g
  • Fiber 4.9 g
  • Protein 5.2 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.4 g
  • Sodium 51 mg
  • Sugar 25 g


  1. The flavor was good but the amount of popcorn far outweighed the amount of caramel. I made 28 popcorn balls and had two huge bowls of popcorn left with no caramel. Really easy to make though!
  2. This was a quick, wonderful recipe. As some suggested, I used microwave popcorn, but I only needed 2 bags (it's probably just a personal preference of how "carmel-y" you want your popcorn balls, I like em' sweet). I used Orville Redenbacher's "Smart Pop" (to save the calories - he he). Seriously GREAT recipe! PS - - Read more ...
  3. Unbelievably yummy... I use 3 bags natural flavor microwave popcorn and they turn out perfectly. The perfect treat for kids AND adults!
  4. These were sooo good. My husband had a hankering for popcorn balls so we made these last week. I didn't have a candy thermometer on hand so I just guessed when the caramel was done. Maybe I just got lucky but it was perfect- made chewy popcorn balls just the way we like them. The - Read more ...
  5. Very tasty & simple. I also used 3 bags of microwave kettle popcorn which made the recipe very quick.
  6. I wanted to try these for a halloween party but I really expected them to be a flop. I'm not very good at making candy. However, they turned out great and it didn't take long either! Thanks to those who said it took 3 bags of microwave corn and to use plastic baggies on your - Read more ...
  7. These were absolutely delicious! Lightly buttering my hands was a great idea and I just took the rest of the half of stick from the recipe to do that. Also I just used microwave popcorn--three bags of it--instead of fussing with popping it the hard way. This one is a keeper.
  8. I listened to the other reviews and used half of the amount of popcorn that the recipe called for and they turned out great.... I took them to a child's halloween party and both the kid and adults loved them!!!! My boyfriend asked to me to make another batch. This is a great recipe!!!
  9. This was fantastic. My whole family loved them. I used an air popper instead of cooking the popcorn over the stove. I also found it very easy to make into balls; I used ziplock sandwich size bags and put them over my hands. It kept the popcorn from sticking. This is one I will do - Read more ...
  10. I used half the popping corn asked for and I ended up with 17 popcorn balls. I still used the same amount of caramel so they would be extra good. These will definitely be used for Christmas gifts.

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