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Popcorn Balls

Easy classic popcorn balls are fun to make for the holidays.

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Equipment List

  • Bowl
  • Plate


  • 12 c popped popcorn
    - equal to about 1/2 c whole kernels unpopped popcorn
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c light corn syrup
  • 1/3 c salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • cooking spray
  • assorted candies
    - optional - m&m, sprinkles, or chocolate chips
  • icing
    - optional - for decoration and to stick candy to popcorn balls

Preparation Instructions

  • Follow the Cooksy "Stovetop Popcorn" recipe. Make 12 c popped popcorn (about 1/2 c of uncooked popcorn).
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  • Spray bowl with cooking spray. Pour 1/2 of the popcorn in a different bowl (about 6 c of popcorn). Set aside.
  • Measure ingredients and set aside.
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Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat to 216°F
  • Add 1/3 c salted butter to pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Add 1 c granulated sugar to pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Add 1/2 c light corn syrup to pan
  • Stir ingredients
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  • Add 1 tsp vanilla extract to pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Add 1/4 tsp baking soda to pan
  • Add 1/2 tsp kosher salt to pan
  • Stir ingredients
  • Remove from heat.

Finishing Instructions

  • Pour 1/2 of the syrup over the popcorn in the bowl. Mix well.
  • Stir in any candies or sprinkles into the popcorn mixture.
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  • Spray hands with cooking spray and gather popcorn with syrup on it and form popcorn balls. Work quickly because the syrup popcorn mixture will get too hard to form balls.
  • Place popcorn balls on a plate.
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  • Now, repeat steps for the other half of the popcorn. Pour the remaining syrup on the popcorn, mix well, add candies/sprinkles, form into balls then place on a plate.
  • Optional - decorate the popcorn balls with candies and icing.