Popcorn Balls Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 20 MINUTES

1 ratings


  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 18 cups popcorn, popped


In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water, syrup, vinegar and salt. Cook over high heat until mixture reaches 255°F (hard-ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour over popped corn, tossing gently to coat. When mixture is cool enough to handle, press popcorn into 3-inch balls with lightly greased hands. Cool completely on wax paper.

Makes 14 popcorn balls

Popcorn Balls


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1 Review

Janis 11/1/2015
This recipe did

This recipe did not work for me. It was way too watery and never would get to the hard ball stage. I finally added more corn syrup and some butter and it finally reached the hard ball stage after about 30 minutes. Other recipes had only a 1/2 cup of water and had butter also.

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