Old-Fashioned Soft Popcorn Balls

Old-Fashioned Soft Popcorn Balls

These chewy popcorn balls will be a hit at Halloween or during the winter holidays.

60 min. prep time
15 balls
252 Ratings


20 cups popped popcorn
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup candy corn, small gumdrops, raisins or salted peanuts


Place popcorn in large bowl or roasting pan; set aside.

Combine all remaining ingredients except candy in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until candy thermometer reaches 250°F. or small amount of mixture dropped into ice water forms a hard ball (40 to 45 minutes).

Remove from heat; pour over popcorn. Stir until all popcorn is coated. Gently stir in candy. Using buttered hands and working quickly, shape about 1 cup popcorn into ball. Place onto waxed paper. Repeat with remaining popcorn. Cool completely; wrap in waxed paper or plastic food wrap.

Nutrition Facts (1 ball)

Calories: 260

Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 110mg

Carbohydrates: 62g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 3g

Recipe #5485©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

When I made the popcorn balls right after i rolled them in balls i stuck candy corn to them for fall color. Our son loved them!
easy and good

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