Yum, homemade popcorn balls for Halloween! As a child my mom would quite often whip up a batch of homemade popcorn balls for us to enjoy during the fall and always for Halloween. I had thought that popcorn balls were difficult to make until I gave my mom a ring for the recipe last week. I quickly jotted down her recipe on some scrap paper and decided I would give her popcorn ball recipe a try. Growing up in the 80’s I recall the hot air popcorn maker heating up and waiting patiently for those popcorn kernels to pop. Do any of you remember those? I did not realize that they actually still make them, ha ha. Those hot air popcorn poppers remind me of the old days for sure. Now luckily we can just pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave and push the popcorn button.
Homemade Popcorn Balls
This weekend the hubby and I along with a couple of the kids made a quick batch of my mommas homemade popcorn balls. Salty popcorn and sugar together can be oh so addicting! So addicting we whipped up a second batch. Homemade popcorn balls are so much better than the ones we have purchased at the stores in the past. Oh and these homemade popcorn balls will not break the bank like those store bought novelty popcorn balls do. I am thinking our next batch we will add in some goodies like candy or nuts. If you are looking for a salty and sweet treat look no further…. give these homemade popcorn balls a try. You will quickly find how addicting they become ha ha!
2 cups Sugar
1¼ cups Water
½ cup Corn Syrup
1 tsp White Vinegar
6 drops Red Food Coloring
6 drops Yellow Food Coloring
2 bags Microwaved Popcorn
1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and vinegar.
2. Cook over high heat until mixture reaches 250 degrees (hard ball stage) on a candy thermometer.
3. Add food coloring to mixture and mix in completely.
4. Pour popped corn on a baking sheet.
5. Pour mixture over popcorn, tossing to coat.
6. When mixture is cool enough to handle, press popcorn into 2 to 3 inch balls with lightly greased hands.
7. Cool on waxed paper and serve or store in air tight container.