Long Time Popcorn Balls

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  • Ready in: 15-20 minutes
  • Serves: 6
  • Complexity: easy


  • 2 quarts popped corn
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 oz margarine


  1. Place popcorn in large bowl or pan.
  2. In heavy 2 –quart saucepan stir together corn syrup, sugar, water and vinegar.
  3. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until mixture boils. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until temperature reaches 260degrees F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a ball which is hard enough to hold its shape yet pliable.
  4. Remove from heat. Stir in margarine.
  5. Slowly pour over popcorn stirring with a long handled spoon. When cool enough to handle, yet still warm, quickly shape into balls.
  6. Wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in airtight container.

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