Caramel Popcorn Balls

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1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon white or cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 cup salted butter, plus more for bowl and hands
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 cups popped popcorn


Grease a large mixing bowl with butter or cooking spray.

In a 3- to 4-quart heavy saucepan, stir together sugar, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and stir in butter. Reduce heat to medium-low and boil gently until light golden brown, about 3 minutes, stirring often, then remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Put popped corn into the large mixing bowl. Pour syrup mixture over the popcorn and stir with a spatula until popcorn is evenly coated. As soon as the mixture is cool enough to handle, butter your hands and shape the popcorn into 2- to 3-inch balls. When the balls are cool, wrap them in plastic or waxed paper.


Makes 12-14 balls or squares.

Preparation Time

20 Minutes

Total Time

35 Minutes

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Caramel Popcorn~

how well I recall the Halloween Popcorn balls; a very wholesome Halloween treat; Happy Halloween !!!

Popcorn balls

Oh, this is the same recipe my Mother used for Halloween for years and years. I never knew where the recipe came,, but i knew she had used since the early 1950's. I am 63yrs old and I still make the recipe every year around Halloween to bring back happy memories for myself, brother and sister. They were so good I remember a neighbor paid her children money so she could have popcorn can use butter for your hands but I now lightly dampen my hands with cold water when forming the popcorn balls...