Published Oct 29th
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Servings 15 - 20 tennis ball sized balls Calories 219.9

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

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions

  1. 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. 2 Butter hands lightly and shape into balls. Mixture will be hot so be careful. Place balls on waxed paper to cool.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 219.9
  • Carbohydrate 41.7 g
  • Fat 6.3 g
  • Fiber 1.2 g
  • Protein 1.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 1 g
  • Sodium 239.2 mg
  • Sugar 29.7 g


  1. The best popcorn ball recipe that I've found in awhile. I made these for our neighbors Halloween Party and Haunted Barn and they were a huge success.
  2. 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 long and you won't have a workable syrup. Mix enough to combine then let it cook over high heat - Read more ...
  3. 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 minutes to make sure and made the batch in a CLEAN kitchen sink and i was - Read more ...
  4. 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 come out great. we love them
  5. 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 did not wait long enough. It did take quite some time to get to that point over a medium/low fire - Read more ...
  6. 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 statement. As with any taffy-type candy, it takes a while, but of course it will eventually reach that stage. I - Read more ...
  7. Couldn't get it to the hard ball stage. The mixture is WAY to watery. Must have gotten mixed up. Looking for another recipe.
  8. 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 like corn on the cob for Thanksgiving. I love the recipe thanks so much. Angie
  9. 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 were the worst popcorn balls she'd ever had! Ugh! Going to try a batch that calls for butter.....

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