Bare-Bones Molasses Popcorn Balls

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

I know. One more recipe for popcorn balls, but I looked, and this is the most basic you can get. I made two batches, one with two handfuls of unsalted peanuts.


  1. Combine molasses and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Grease a large mixing bowl and put in popped popcorn. Grease a mixing spoon. Set aside.
  3. Combine molasses and sugar in a saucepan. Stirring constantly, heat over medium-high heat until just about boiling.
  4. Pour over popcorn and mix well. Add peanuts if desired at this point.
  5. Let cool a little (take the kids to wash their hands - that will take just the right amount of time!).
  6. Press popcorn into balls. (Kids love this!).
  7. Eat what sticks on your hands.


Most Helpful

Yum! This recipe provides just the right ratio of molasses:sugar. We just wanted this as a topping instead of making popcorn balls, so we decreased the amount of sugar and molasses by half, and added a small pinch of salt over the bowl of popcorn before eating. Thanks for sharing!

VeganJen April 06, 2009

This is definitely simple, and I don't think anyone can mess it up. If you enjoy molasses, then these are chewy and wonderful. I know so many who don't, so I made a test batch at home by halving the recipe. Still worked great, I got about 6 balls. From reading other recipes, greasing up hands worked, too.

Caroline28 October 23, 2007

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