My mom made these delicious popcorn balls when I was growing up. While doing my Christmas candy and cookie baking, I came across her recipe. I made the family recipe for the first time this year. My daughters, grown with their own families, asked why I hadn't made these sooner. Thirty plus years later, this recipe will now be a family tradition at Christmas.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
20
Yield:
20 balls
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sort through popcorn, discarding unpopped kernels.

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  • Combine evaporated milk, sugar, corn syrup, margarine, and salt in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil; stir constantly until caramel reaches 246 degrees F (119 degrees C) on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.

  • Pour some popcorn into a very large bowl. Pour in some of the caramel; stir until evenly coated. Add remaining popcorn and caramel in batches, stirring well after each addition.

  • Scoop some of the popcorn mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap. Gather and twist the plastic wrap to gently shape into a ball. Place popcorn ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; repeat with remaining mixture. Let cool until set, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; protein 3.1g 6% DV; carbohydrates 43.2g 14% DV; fat 18.5g 29% DV; cholesterol 7.3mg 2% DV; sodium 356.8mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2017
Great recipe I might suggest a low temp oven bake so it's not too sticky 225 for 30-45 minutes after the caramel is on the popcorn. Also it takes well over 5 minutes for the sugar/Karo mixture to get to 245. Read More
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