Rating: 4.51 stars
198 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 134
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3

Easy to make and delicious. Kids Love them.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a 4 quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When oil is hot, add 1/2 cup of popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Place popped corn in oven to keep warm. Repeat until all corn has been popped. Set aside.

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  • In a medium saucepan with a candy thermometer inserted, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir well and bring to boiling over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk; simmer, stirring constantly, until thermometer reads 238 degrees F (114 degrees C). Stir in vanilla.

  • Pour caramel over popped corn and stir to coat. Butter hands lightly; shape popcorn into balls about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; protein 5.2g; carbohydrates 54.8g; fat 10.4g; cholesterol 12.8mg; sodium 51mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (204)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2005
I wanted to try these for a halloween party but I really expected them to be a flop. I'm not very good at making candy. However, they turned out great and it didn't take long either! Thanks to those who said it took 3 bags of microwave corn and to use plastic baggies on your hands-that really helped. Next time, I have to keep the kernels out! Also, I think I will use a brown paper grocery bag to mix the popcorn because I had to coat the corn in shifts because I didn't have a large enough bowl! Excellent recipe-thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2009
The flavor was good but the amount of popcorn far outweighed the amount of caramel. I made 28 popcorn balls and had two huge bowls of popcorn left with no caramel. Really easy to make though! Read More
(11)
198 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 134
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2005
I wanted to try these for a halloween party but I really expected them to be a flop. I'm not very good at making candy. However, they turned out great and it didn't take long either! Thanks to those who said it took 3 bags of microwave corn and to use plastic baggies on your hands-that really helped. Next time, I have to keep the kernels out! Also, I think I will use a brown paper grocery bag to mix the popcorn because I had to coat the corn in shifts because I didn't have a large enough bowl! Excellent recipe-thanks! Read More
(276)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
This was fantastic. My whole family loved them. I used an air popper instead of cooking the popcorn over the stove. I also found it very easy to make into balls; I used ziplock sandwich size bags and put them over my hands. It kept the popcorn from sticking. This is one I will do again! Read More
(175)
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2006
Unbelievably yummy... I use 3 bags natural flavor microwave popcorn and they turn out perfectly. The perfect treat for kids AND adults! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2007
This was a quick, wonderful recipe. As some suggested, I used microwave popcorn, but I only needed 2 bags (it's probably just a personal preference of how "carmel-y" you want your popcorn balls, I like em' sweet). I used Orville Redenbacher's "Smart Pop" (to save the calories - he he). Seriously GREAT recipe! PS - I also used one of the recipes for Sweetened Condensed Milk found on this site and it worked better than the real stuff! (cheaper too!!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2004
I listened to the other reviews and used half of the amount of popcorn that the recipe called for and they turned out great.... I took them to a child's halloween party and both the kid and adults loved them!!!! My boyfriend asked to me to make another batch. This is a great recipe!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2006
These were sooo good. My husband had a hankering for popcorn balls so we made these last week. I didn't have a candy thermometer on hand so I just guessed when the caramel was done. Maybe I just got lucky but it was perfect- made chewy popcorn balls just the way we like them. The caramel in this recipe is so good! I wanted to eat the whole pot without adding popcorn! We popped 1 cup of kernals and it made the perfect amount of popcorn for the caramel mixture. Baggies on hands was also a great idea for forming the balls. These are very sweet- you'll only need one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2003
I used half the popping corn asked for and I ended up with 17 popcorn balls. I still used the same amount of caramel so they would be extra good. These will definitely be used for Christmas gifts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2005
These were absolutely delicious! Lightly buttering my hands was a great idea and I just took the rest of the half of stick from the recipe to do that. Also I just used microwave popcorn--three bags of it--instead of fussing with popping it the hard way. This one is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2006
Very tasty & simple. I also used 3 bags of microwave kettle popcorn which made the recipe very quick. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2009
The flavor was good but the amount of popcorn far outweighed the amount of caramel. I made 28 popcorn balls and had two huge bowls of popcorn left with no caramel. Really easy to make though! Read More
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