Old Fashioned Popcorn Ball Recipe

When you make popcorn balls there are two main things to take into account. The first is the flavor you want the popcorn balls to have and the second is the type of binding you will use.

For this popcorn ball recipe we use caramel as both the binding and the flavor. We also add a little bit of vanilla for extra flavor.

The process of making these old fashioned popcorn balls is very easy. You first pop the popcorn. Then you make a caramel like sauce to use as the binding and stir it into the popcorn. Use your hands to form the popcorn balls, let them cool, and you're ready to start snacking!

You are going to love this old fashioned popcorn ball recipe!

Old fashioned popcorn balls

Old Fasioned Popcorn Ball Recipe

By Jason Logsdon
Published: January 25, 2012
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Makes: 2.5 Quarts or 8 to 12 popcorn balls

Old Fashioned Popcorn Ball Ingredients


2.5 quarts freshly popped popcorn
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon white or white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Old Fashioned Popcorn Ball Instructions


Lightly grease a large bowl and large spoon using butter, oil, or a non-stick oil spray. Spraying the bowl will make coating the popcorn much easier so you can get started making the popcorn balls that much quicker. Add the freshly popped popcorn to the bowl.

Line a cookie sheet or sheet pan with parchment paper or waxed paper.

To create the binding for the old fashioned popcorn balls, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, vinegar, and salt in a medium sauce pan. Heat the pan over medium to medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until a candy thermometer reads 240°F to 300°F. The longer you boil the mixture the harder your popcorn balls will become. Stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat.

Pour the binding mixture over the popcorn in the bowl and stir to combine well.

Once the popcorn has cooled enough that you can handle it comfortably, lightly grease your hands with butter or oil. Form 2" to 3" popcorn balls with your hands and place on the cookie sheet to cool. When the popcorn balls have cooled stored them wrapped in cling wrap or in an airtight container.

Now you can make great homemade old fashioned popcorn balls whenever you get a craving!