April’s Popcorn Balls

“I first made these during the Christmas season in high school for my friends. By mistake I forgot to add the vanilla. But they were such a huge hit that year that Annemarie has asked me to repeat that mistake ever since.” – April Ferre

April’s Popcorn Balls

Course: Candy & Confections


  • 7 Cups Popcorn Popped
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla


  • Have popcorn ready in a large bowl.
  • Mix sugar, water, corn syrup, salt and butter in saucepan. Cook to 250 degrees (hard ball stage). Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over the popped corn, stirring constantly to mix well.
  • Shape with buttered hands into balls or any other desired shape.
  • If desired, you may also tint the balls different colors by adding food coloring to the syrup before it is poured over the popcorn. Makes 12 to 15 large balls.

1999 Recipe – April Ferre – From Betty Crocker’s Picture Cookbook, 1956