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Old-Time Popcorn Balls Recipe

Are you looking for a quick and easy snack recipe that you can make for the kids on movie or game night? Try my delicious old-time popcorn balls recipe today! Watch my easy to follow recipe video that I have posted below for step-by-step directions on how to make this wonderful snack in your home today!

Old-Time Popcorn Balls

Everyone remembers old time popcorn balls. They are so easy to make and kids love them. These little balls of gooey goodness are excellent after school treats. You can even mold these old time popcorn balls around Popsicle sticks to make popcorn balls on a stick.

Another great treat to do with these old time popcorn balls is once formed roll in chocolate or caramel shavings. You can roll in crushed nuts too. There are so many ways to make these easy old -time popcorn balls to make them unique and special.

Kids love to help make these too so let them get in on the fun. They’ll have loads of fun helping to make these. These make great party treats when served on a platter at kid’s parties too. Or slip one in a zip lock baggie for easy Halloween treats for the ghosts and goblins as they come to your door.

Simple Old-Time Popcorn Balls Recipe
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 6
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  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Put the molasses, sugar, water, vinegar and butter in a heavy pan.
  2. Cook without stirring over a medium heat until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer (soft-ball stage).
  3. Add the baking soda and stir well.
  4. Remove from the heat and immediately pour over the popcorn in a big bowl, stirring gently with a wooden spoon until well coated.
  5. When cool enough to handle, quickly shape into 3-inch balls, dipping your hands in cool water first to prevent the syrup from sticking.

Photo Credit: Balls. by Brian Omura, on Flickr

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