Recipe By Hannah
Published Jun 19th
Prep - Cook - Additional - Ready In -
Servings 12 to 14 popcorn balls Calories 271.2

Here is a recipe my family has used for years. We make the colored kind in red and green for Christmas!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups unpopped popcorn
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • ½ teaspoon salt

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. Repeat until all corn has been popped. Place popped corn into a buttered bowl.
  2. 2 In 2 quart saucepan, melt butter. Stir in sugar, molasses, and salt. Insert a candy thermometer in saucepan and boil sugar mixture on medium heat until the thermometer reads 260 degrees F(126 degrees C).
  3. 3 Pour syrup over corn, while stirring popcorn thoroughly. Butter hands lightly. Shape popcorn into 12 to 14 balls.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 271.2
  • Carbohydrate 52.9 g
  • Cholesterol 2.2 mg
  • Fat 6.2 g
  • Fiber 4.2 g
  • Protein 3.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1.2 g
  • Sodium 98.4 mg
  • Sugar 27.7 g


  1. For those like me without a candy thermometer-boil the 'sauce' at bubbling & stir for several minutes until a drop in a cup of cold water makes a gooey ball then it's ready to drizzle on the popcorn and they will hold together when packed by hand (after cooling a bit). I used just 1 - Read more ...
  2. its a good fun one to do with the kids.... beware its STICKY.... we had a good time.. a great homemade snack!
  3. Was looking for recipe for carmel corn to use up the left over popped corn - used this recipe because I don't use corn syrup at all - had about 6 cups leftover popped corn (organic already seasoned with coconut oil/butter/salt mixture) - Mixed 1/2 TBLS butter with 1/2 cup of raw organic cane sugar - Read more ...
  4. This was okay. I halved the recipe (because I only had 1 C of molasses). Like other reviewers stated there wasn't enough sauce for all of the popcorn. It only covered about half of it. The flavor was pretty good... not exciting though. Oh and there was no way I could turn the bowl of - Read more ...
  5. WARNING: This doesn't make popcorn balls... it makes CARAMEL CORN. It's yummy but I tried to shape it into balls and it just didn't work. It's very crunchy and not gooey/sticky like I wanted. If you like caramel corn try this recipe but if you're wanting popcorn balls look elsewhere.
  6. They turned out perfect!! Thanks for your receipe!!
  7. They tasted very good but next time I'll use half the popcorn or double the syrup that goes on it. The problem may have been that I used a hot air popper instead of popping it on the stove. I ended up with more popcorn than syrup to hold it all together.
  8. This is very similar to the recipe my family has handed down for generations. A Christmas tradition!
  9. Great recipe for the holidays. Next time I may make it with unsalted microwave popcorn to shorten the process. I added salted peanuts which gave them a great flavor! The kids loved them!

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