Popcorn Balls

    1 hour

    A favourite treat, very popular with my kids, hope it's just as popular with yours.

    65 people made this

    Serves: 15 

    • 400g caster sugar
    • 350ml water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 175g golden syrup
    • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 250g popped popcorn

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:35min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Butter the sides of a large saucepan. In the saucepan combine the sugar, water, salt, golden syrup and vinegar. Cook over medium heat to the hard ball stage (120 degrees C). Stir in the vanilla and slowly pour the hot mixture over the popped popcorn, stirring just to mix well.
    2. Butter hands lightly and shape into balls. Mixture will be hot so be careful. Place balls on greaseproof paper to cool.

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    helpful hint: when making mixture get a glass of cold water, drip mixture in and listen to it, if it crackles, its ready, just do this often you don't want your candy to burn! it works and they come out great. we love them  -  30 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    All of the one star/negative reviews are obviously from people who are not willing to invest the necessary time to make this recipe. To say "it never did reach hard ball stage" is a ridiculous statement. As with any taffy-type candy, it takes a while, but of course it will eventually reach that stage. I made the popcorn balls this afternoon and they turned out great. The only thing I may do differently next time is to take the candy to crack stage so it is a bit more brittle (personal preference). Thanks for this good old fashioned recipe, Lynne.  -  02 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved this recipe, it tasted just like my grandmother's popcorn balls. I think those who tried this recipe and did not wait long enough for the sugar mixture to turn to hardball stage, just did not wait long enough. It did take quite some time to get to that point over a medium/low fire but it did reach the hardball stage. The end result was WONDERFUL and the mixture did not "sugar" after it had set for a few hours...they were perfect and tasted wonderful, just like Grandma's. Thank you Lynne for posting this recipe.  -  31 Oct 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)