Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls

Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls Recipe 
My Mom has made these every year as long as I can remember.
In the 1960’s the
the recipe used to be on the back of the can of
 JOLLY TIME® Popcorn.

The cans looked like the one in this picture.

When they changed the packaging she was upset with herself for not saving the recipe.
So on a trip to Sioux City, IA where my step-dad was born and raised. they went to
the JOLLY TIME® and asked for the recipe. These days the Internet saves us those worries.
This summer while they were on a vacation, they made a special trip to JOLLY TIME®
and took the tour again. She bought a whole case of cans, the front looks like the original can,
but no longer has the recipe on the back.

 She makes them to share with everyone!
So you can imagine how many batches she has made over the years.

Last week she went to my daughter’s home for a visit.
 ALL of her grandchildren call her Nana.
They were all excited to make popcorn balls with Nana.
 Here are some picture’s of her and her great grandchildren.

(Aren’t they adorable!)

      Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls
      Always a favorite
 1 cup granulated sugar
 1/3 cup light or dark corn syrup
 1/3 cup water
 1/4 cup butter or margarine
 1/2 tsp. salt
 1 tsp. vanilla

  Here’s How:

Keep popped popcorn warm in 200 F oven while preparing syrup. In 2-quart saucepan, stir together sugar, corn syrup, water, butter and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking without stirring until temperature reaches 270 F on a candy thermometer or until a small amount of syrup dropped into very cold water separates into threads, which are hard but not brittle. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and several drops of food coloring; stir just enough to mix through hot syrup. Slowly pour over popcorn, stirring to coat every kernel. Cool just enough to handle. Shape into balls with buttered hands. Cool on foil or buttered wax paper.
Wrap in plastic wrap; tie with a ribbon.

Yield: 12 medium popcorn balls

Do not try to double the recipe.
 Just make one batch at a time and make them different colors.
Most of all have fun and enjoy these special memories with your loved ones.

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Wanda Ann

I am sharing this recipe here!

Coming in January, State Trivia and
Link Party “Show Off Your State”

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  1. says

    ADORE popcorn balls! :) What a sweet family. Precious memories!

    I just found your blog through the Adorned From Above linkup – excited to follow via GFC and read more!




  2. says

    This was my childhood memory too! I made them for the first time ever this year. YUM. Thanks for the great post. Come and visit us this week. We are having a terrific giveway from a very talented Southern writer.

  3. says

    Hi Wanda Ann,
    What a fun project with your family, I just love Popcorn Balls and the Fudge looks awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and a very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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