Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Old Timey Popcorn Balls with Molasses

Old-Time Popcorn Balls Recipe


  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl and set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine molasses, sugar, water, vinegar and butter. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer (soft-ball stage). Add baking soda and stir well. Remove from heat and immediately pour over popcorn, stirring gently with a wooden spoon until well coated. When cool enough to handle, quickly shape into 3-in. balls, dipping hands in cool water to prevent the syrup from sticking.

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