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Vintage Popcorn Balls for Halloween – Remember these?


One of my recipe group friends, Dottie K., shared this generational recipe – she’s been making them for decades and they are great for mailing!


5 quarts popped corn

1 cup candy corn

4 Tablespoon butter

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup light corn syrup

½ of 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk (2/3 cup)

½ teaspoon vanilla


In large bowl mix together popcorn and candy corn.  In heavy saucepan melt butter and add brown sugar and corn syrup.  Bring to a boil and add condensed milk.  Boil gently, stirring constantly, until it reaches soft ball stage (234 degrees).  Stir in vanilla.  Pour mixture over popcorn and shape into balls.

Be sure to butter your hands a bit when forming the balls….it’s pretty darn hot!

I wrap the balls individually in plastic wrap.


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