Popcorn balls

popcorn balls

Papa was reminiscing this weekend about how when he was little, the neighbors used to make homemade popcorn balls and give them out as treats on Halloween.  Then we hit the era where parents were scared of what people might be putting into those treats (i.e. razor blades) and so homemade treats became a thing of the past.

It’s a sad thing when kids have to miss out on fun because of a few sickos.  So … Papa made delicious homemade popcorn balls with peanuts for Little Chick (and Mama) to enjoy.

Now, you have to realize what a big thing this is.  He hates popcorn.  Doesn’t like the taste, detests how the kernels get stuck in his teeth and even hates the smell of it.  He will eat caramel corn – and occasionally kettle corn when we can find it.  But for him to ask me to make up some popcorn … well, let’s just say it took a while for my jaw to come up off the floor.

Doesn’t this look like a content child (with a horribly runny nose)?

popcorn balls are delicious

She’s her mother’s daughter.  I know Little Chick likes popcorn.  We had just made some a couple of days earlier.  And when you add sugar and nuts?!  De-wish-ish!

Don’t interrupt me – I’m busy.


I hope you’ll take time to refresh some of your fall family traditions…

popcorn balls

Popcorn balls


  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  • Mix the sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes while you continue stirring.
  • Remove the coating from heat. Stir in the vanilla and baking soda which will cause it to foam. Pour over the popped popcorn, stirring to coat everything as evenly as possible.
  • You can place on a greased baking sheet at this point to cool. To make popcorn balls, lightly coat your hands with butter and form into popcorn balls, being careful not to burn yourself – however you need to work quickly before the coating sets up. Cool completely. Keep in a tightly lidded container.


This is best done if you can make the popcorn right before you add the coating so the coating doesn’t harden too fast. You can keep the popcorn warm in a low oven (around 200ºF) after popped.

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