Popcorn Balls

Popcorn Balls
Watershed

Make the holidays pop with this fun, sweet, and salty recipe!

12
Servings
262
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 ⅓ cups cane syrup, preferably Steen’s
  • 2 tbs white vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 to 4 quarts popped corn, preferably not microwave popcorn, lightly salted
  • 1 Cup bacon, diced and rendered, reserve fat
  • 2 tbs butter, more for hands
  • ¼ tsp baking soda

Directions

In a saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer, melt sugar, syrup, ⅔ cup water, vinegar, and salt over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 250 degrees, 5 to 10 minutes. Watch carefully so mixture does not boil over.

In a very large bowl, combine popcorn and peanuts, if using. Cover a work surface with waxed paper. When syrup mixture is ready turn off heat and stir in butter, bacon fat, and baking soda; it will foam up.

Pour about ⅔ of syrup over popcorn and set remainder over very low heat. Mix popcorn well with wooden spoon. Working quickly, butter hands and form mixture into balls, setting them on prepared surface to cool; this is best done by more than one person, so syrup does not have time to harden. If mixture seems dry or isn’t holding together, stir in remaining syrup.

Cool and serve, or wrap individually in waxed paper and store in an airtight container.

 

Corn Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Corn Cooking Tip

Vegetable should typically be cooked as quickly as possible, as they can become bland and mushy, and lose vitamins and minerals.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
13%
Sugar
42g
N/A
Saturated Fat
3g
15%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Protein
2g
4%
Carbs
48g
16%
Vitamin A
18µg
2%
Vitamin E
0.3mg
1.6%
Vitamin K
0.6µg
0.7%
Calcium
7mg
1%
Fiber
0.9g
3.7%
Folate (food)
2µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
2µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
9%
Magnesium
15mg
4%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
0.6mg
2.8%
Phosphorus
40mg
6%
Polyunsaturated
2g
N/A
Potassium
63mg
2%
Sodium
176mg
7%
Sugars, added
42g
N/A
Zinc
0.4mg
2.9%