Saturday, October 1, 2011

Old-fashioned Popcorn Balls

These are a family tradition; I remember being at my grandfather's at Christmas time and enjoying these; as well my cousins and I made these as favors to hand out at my grampy's 90th birthday party. They are old fashioned; and if you don't like molasses you won't enjoy these - but for most, they are amazing!


2 quarts popped popcorn
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon baking soda


Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside. Two microwave bags work well for a batch. Make sure you remove the unpopped kernels.

In a heavy saucepan, combine molasses, sugar, water, vinegar and butter. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until the mixture hairs.

Add baking soda, stirring, remove from heat and immediately pour over popcorn. Stir gently with a wooden spoon until well coated.

When cool enough to handle, coat palms with butter and quickly shape into balls. Enjoy!

Freezes well.


2 Hot Thoughts:

Johane Levesque

What do you mean by "The mixture hairs"? I've never heard of such a term in cooking...


Hi, it just means when you put a droplet into cold water it stays together like a rain drop vs. dissolving in the water. Usually around the 10 min mark of boiling this happens.

Thanks for stopping by!



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