Easy Caramel Popcorn Balls


These popcorn balls are heavenly! Everyone I've shared them with becomes hooked instantly!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
12 servings


  • 3 (2.9 ounce) bags microwave popcorn, popped

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • cup sweetened condensed milk

  • ½ cup corn syrup

  • ¼ cup butter

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Pour popcorn into a large bowl.

  2. Combine brown sugar, condensed milk, corn syrup, butter, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until a candy thermometer reads 234 degrees F (112 degrees C), about 5 minutes. Pour over popcorn; stir to coat evenly.

  3. Scoop some of the popcorn mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Gather and twist the plastic wrap to shape into a ball. Place popcorn ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; repeat with remaining mixture. Let cool until set, about 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Substitute margarine for the butter if desired.

Substitute air-popped popcorn for the microwaved variety if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

300 Calories
11g Fat
50g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 300
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 244mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 135mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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