Retro Halloween-Popcorn Balls

When I picture the Halloween of yesteryear, popcorn balls and apple bobbing figure prominently. I must confess, I only have made popcorn balls once…for a high school bake sale. Now that I think about it, I wonder why. I liked them. They were easy, quick, thrifty and very popular. So, if you need a last minute treat for visiting ghosts and ghoulies, give them a try. This is a very basic, very retro, except for the Pam instead of butter, Karo syrup recipe. You can add anything you might add to a rice Krispy treat to a popcorn ball…m and ms, gummy worms, etc.

Popcorn Balls

12 popcorn balls

3 quarts (12 cups) popped popcorn
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Karo Corn Syrup with real Brown Sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Spray large roasting pan with cooking spray; add popcorn and place in 300ºF oven until warm.
Combine sugar, Karo, butter and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium heat. Continue stirring and boil 2 minutes.
Remove syrup mixture from heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour syrup mixture over warm popcorn stirring to coat well. Cover hands with two plastic bags, spray bags lightly with cooking spray. Working quickly shape twelve 3-inch popcorn balls.
Cool completely. Wrap individually in plastic wrap.

What do you picture at an old-fashioned Halloween Party?



  2. Thanks Liz! Did you have a good one?

  3. It was scary- licious

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