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Grandma's Recipe for Quick Popcorn Balls

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Alyssa loves sharing her family's favorite recipes with the world. She is a wife and a mom who enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Homemade popcorn balls!

Homemade popcorn balls!

Easy Popcorn Ball Recipe

With cooler temperatures and the holiday season approaching, I've been craving sweet treats from my childhood. One staple my grandparents always had was popcorn balls. A wonderful lady from my grandparents' church made them every year. She would wrap them in parchment paper, and they would sit on the dining room table like little Christmas presents. Admittedly, I didn't care for them as a child. As I've gotten older, however, my tastes have changed.

As I flipped through my family recipe book recently, I found a popcorn ball recipe from my husband's grandmother. Overwhelmed with nostalgia and genuinely curious about how I would like them as an adult, I decided to give the recipe a try. I was surprised by how easy the popcorn balls were to make. I was even more surprised when I took a bite. They were delicious! I ended up eating two of the five I made.

The best part? These popcorn balls are husband-approved! That's a big deal, considering I used his grandma's recipe.

This is a great snack to whip up for your family on movie night. You could also make a bunch during the holiday season to share with your co-workers or give as gifts. Either way, they will be a big hit!

These are the ingredients you'll need to make these popcorn balls.

These are the ingredients you'll need to make these popcorn balls.


  • 1/2 cup yellow popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup Karo Syrup, blue label
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Butter, as needed for rolling


  1. Pop the popcorn kernels in an air popper according to manufacturer instructions.
  2. Pick out all of the unpopped kernels.
  3. Combine Karo syrup, sugar, and salt together in a mixing cup. Stir well.
  4. Put the syrup mixture in a large pot over medium heat. Stir. Slowly begin adding in popcorn, coating each kernel with the mixture. Continue cooking until all kernels are completely covered, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Remove popcorn from heat.
  6. Lightly butter your hands and begin forming small- to medium-sized balls. Use light but firm pressure.
  7. Enjoy immediately, or wrap each ball in parchment paper to give as gifts.

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