By LizAnn on October 07, 2004
Photo by May I Have That Recipe
Photo by May I Have That Recipe
"I made these for a Valentine's Day bake sale and they were the first to go! The recipe was given to me by a friend."
Serving Size: 1 (1670 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I cut the sauce in half and popped 1 3/4 cups (unpopped) of popcorn. The kids & I ate some popcorn for snack while I was cooking the sauce. At the end, I came out with about 22 balls, compressed into baseball sized balls. The taste is wonderful! This was just enough sauce and the popcorn is still crunchy. I'll be doing this again!"
"Great recipe. Fun and easy to make with kids, great flavor and they stick together really well. The kids loved them. Thanks for sharing!"
"I agree with previous reviewers: the flavor of the caramel sauce is exquisite. Perfect "real" caramel flavor. I also agree that the ratio popcorn-to-caramel is off: we used 8 qts of popped corn and had 1.5 cups of caramel sauce left over. The reason for my rating is the texture of the finished product (and this may be a matter of preference): I like popcorn balls or caramel corn to be crunchy. This caramel doesn't harden, so the balls don't really "set" or get crunchy. They also remain fairly sticky, which is a bit messy (and off-putting for some adults). While I'll keep this caramel recipe, I'll use my old stand-by, Fannie Farmer, for traditional, crunchy popcorn balls."
"Great, east recipe. I used 4 bags of microwave popcorn and also tried coloring them (for my son to take to school for his birthday treat). I followed the tips given in some of the reviews here and waited until the syrup was cool enough to handle and it worked great. My only advice would be to those who are considering trying to color the sugar syrup with Jello is to use SUGAR FREE (I tried both kinds and they worked OK, but the sugared kind sort of altered the coating consistency a bit) and to not expect SUPER bright colors because the syrup itself is a light brown. Thanks for posting this! It will be fun to experiment with."
"These taste great and they stick together nicely. We will definitely make them again. One thing to watch out for: we found that we had to stir vigorously while boiling to prevent burning....the first batch we tried was ruined because we didn't stir continuously even though we used low temperature and a high quality heavy-bottomed pot."
"I used a little more popcorn than the recipe called for and they turned out great! I had all the neighborhood kids (and their parents) asking for more."
"I thought these were really good. I agree that they required a couple extra cups of popcorn added to keep from being too soggy, but tasted great."
"i have to agree w/ everyone..my family and i thought this was too soggy and caramely. i mean it doesn't taste bad..but it was just too sweet for our tastes. good taste but not our favorite popcorn ball recipe. maybe if we added more popcorn than suggested it would taste better?"
"These were pretty easy to make. We did add more popcorn so ours were not soggy. Unfortunately we used margarine because we didn't have butter and I think that affected the taste. We greased our hands with oil, but that didn't work. Once we used pam, we were fine."
"These came out well but I agree with Rockstarrachael. I'd add more popcorn next time as the balls were a little "soggy" for me. The taste is great though. If you let the mix cool for a few minutes it gets easier to form the balls."
"Great easy recipe, Thanks! I made these tonight and they came out great. I popped my popcorn using a Whirlipop and I doubled the recipe (two batches). I used a total of 1.5 cups of popcorn (unpopped) and next time if I double again I would make more popcorn to match the "sauce" because my popcorn balls were really caramel-y! Also, I agree with other reviewers to let the popcorn cool for at LEAST 10 minutes before forming into balls. I burned the crap out of my hands more than once and the DH came running upstairs to see what I was screamin about! ha. Thanks again!"
"My son and I made these together. they are great everyone that came into the house had one and took one with them. will be making these time and time again."
"These turned out great. I only made a half batch and it made 18 popcorn balls. let them cool on wax paper so I didn't have to grease the cookie sheets. thank you for sharing!"
"i have made 2 batches of these and both came out wonderful. the first batch i was rushing and didn't read instructions closely... threw all ingredients except vanilla and popcorn in pan at once. it still came out great! the recipe is basically "no fail". everyone loves the flavor. thank you!"
"I actually sent this recipe to my husband, and he and the girls made a day out of popcorn ball making! They loved them. I'm not much of a popcorn ball girl, but they said 4-1/2 stars!"
"Yummy! I used 1 cup unpopped popcorn and got about 15 baseball-sized balls and only needed about half the sauce. I'm saving it to make another batch in a few days. Delicious!"
"These were wonderful! My friend and I used these as a demo for a class. Everyone loved them and couldn't get enough!"
"I made these this weekend for my daughters first birthday party. They were so great! My husband had 3 after dinner last night! We had a problem with the seeds :) but other than that we will for sure be making them again real soon!"
"These were so good. I let the syrupy stuff cool before handling & had no problem. I liked them right after they were made. My husband & kids liked them after they sat out over night & got hard & crunchy. We will be making these every year at Halloween."
"These were wonderful. Fast, easy, and very yummy! I used two bags of microwave popcorn, and formed the balls around mini-sized candy bars, so there was a little treat inside each one. I let the mixture stand for quite a while to cool before forming the balls. What a great recipe! Thanks!"