“My mom has made these popcorn balls at Halloween for 40 years. The kids she gave them to then now bring their kids. 4 years ago one brought her grandson and took a picture of him getting a popcorn ball from her. Note: Cook time Is 3 1/2 minutes, even though I put 4 minutes because the "cook time" wouldn't accept the 3 1/2 minutes.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 34 cup white syrup
  • 14 cup good molasses ("Good" molasses to me means that to taste them with a spoon that they have a good flavor))
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 gallons air-popped popcorn


  1. Cook above ingredients (except popcorn) over medium heat for 3-1/2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and pour over popcorn.
  3. Mix with a spoon and start shaping into balls at once.
  4. Have a small pan of cold water close by so you can dip your hands in it if your hands get too hot.
  5. This recipe works BEST when you have a "helper" to help you make the popcorn balls while the syrup mixture is still easy to work with, and is much more fun doing with a helper.
  6. Last, but not least, make "extra", as if you're doing these to give away, you "are" going to want to keep some for you and yours to eat... ;)

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