Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 5 mins

This is a very old recipe my mother always used.


  1. Keep popcorn warm in 250 degree oven.
  2. Cook first five ingredients over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Continue cooking without stirring until mixture reaches 270 degrees on a candy thermometer or until a small amount dropped into very cold water separates into hard threads.
  4. Add vanilla and stir.
  5. Pour mixture over popped corn, mixing with a fork.
  6. When cool enough to handle but still quite warm, form into balls.
Most Helpful

Eating this as a replacement for biting my nails.

gailanng April 30, 2012

Perfect popcorn balls! Came together very easily, even without a candy thermometer. I had too much popcorn, so I added a large handful of mini-marshmallows as the syrup was heating. Nice consistency, not too hard and not falling apart. You have to be careful not to ball up any un-popped kernels, it would be easy to break a tooth.

saltysally October 30, 2011

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