Recipe By Kim1520
Published Jun 19th
Prep 25m Cook 10m Additional 15m Ready In 50m
Servings 20 balls Calories 340.2

My mom made these delicious popcorn balls when I was growing up. While doing my Christmas candy and cookie baking, I came across her recipe. I made the family recipe for the first time this year. My daughters, grown with their own families, asked why I hadn’t made these sooner. Thirty plus years later, this recipe will now be a family tradition at Christmas.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup (such as Karo®)
  • 1 cup margarine
  • ⅓ teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Sort through popcorn, discarding unpopped kernels.
  2. 2 Combine evaporated milk, sugar, corn syrup, margarine, and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; stir constantly until caramel reaches 246 degrees F (119 degrees C) on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.
  3. 3 Pour some popcorn into a very large bowl. Pour in some of the caramel; stir until evenly coated. Add remaining popcorn and caramel in batches, stirring well after each addition.
  4. 4 Scoop some of the popcorn mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Gather and twist the plastic wrap to gently shape into a ball. Place popcorn ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; repeat with remaining mixture. Let cool until set, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 340.2
  • Carbohydrate 43.2 g
  • Cholesterol 7.3 mg
  • Fat 18.5 g
  • Fiber 1.4 g
  • Protein 3.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.9 g
  • Sodium 356.8 mg
  • Sugar 27.1 g


  1. Great recipe I might suggest a low temp oven bake so it's not too sticky 225 for 30-45 minutes after the caramel is on the popcorn. Also it takes well over 5 minutes for the sugar/Karo mixture to get to 245.

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