Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

My mother used to make these on Halloween for the trick-or-treaters (back when people didn't automatically throw out anything not factory-sealed) and the word would spread and kids would come to our house from all over to get them. She made some one year for a Christmas charity bazaar and they were such a hit, the next year they asked her to make a few more...and then more...until she was making 1,200 of them for a three-day bazaar, and they still sold out!


  1. Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, butter, and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat to hard ball stage.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  4. Pour over popcorn.
  5. When cool enough to handle, form into balls with buttered hands.
Most Helpful

These are THE perfect Old Fashioned "stick to your teeth" popcorn balls that I had when I was a kid !! I made 2 batches and passed them around to friends and some elderly neighbors !! EVERYONE went wild for them ! I did add 1 Tbs. of cider vinegar to the sugar and syrup, wich added just the right flavor !! AWESOME !!! Five stars all the way !!

Theresa P December 18, 2010

these were delish and easy.. the only thing I did different was add dark corn syrup because it was the only thing I had.. they were delish and easy.. thanks for sharing

ssej1078_1251510 February 14, 2014

These tasted great like old fashioned ones, I added 3tsp of vinegar (for a double batch) like the other reviewer and does give good flavor, either way with or without vinegar they turn out tasty, thanks!

cokiethebaby July 05, 2012