Popcorn Balls

“These were a big hit among the kids at Christmas; I use to make them every year.” – Jean Hansen

“Growing up, these were a holiday treat.” – Calla Ferre

Popcorn Balls

Course: Candy & Confections


  • 5 Quarts Popcorn Popped
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Teaspoon Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla


  • Keep popcorn hot and crisp in slow oven (300 to 325 degrees).
  • Cook sugar, water, salt, and corn syrup to very hard ball stage (256 degrees). Add vinegar and vanilla; cook to light crack stage (270 degrees). Slowly pour over popcorn; stir well to coat every kernel.
  • Press into balls. Use fat on hands, if necessary. Makes 20 popcorn balls.

1946 Recipe – Jean Hansen