Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls Recipe
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.
My mom makes these Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls to share with everyone! She ends up making them, I don’t even know how many times during the Christmas season.
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!)
- 12 cups popped JOLLY TIME® Pop Corn
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup light or dark corn syrup
- ⅓ cup water
- ¼ cup butter or margarine
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 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
Wrap them in plastic wrap and tie curling ribbon around the end to package them for a gift basket and just to keep them fresh and chewy.
These Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls are a treat your whole family will love! Not only in the making but in the eating.
Make it a family tradition, like our family has, and enjoy the memories.
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