Popcorn Balls: A Halloween Memory

Popcorn Balls: A Halloween Memory

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Trick or Treat, give me something good to eat, and a memory to boot! The Bungalow Chef brings us a treat that’s perfect for Halloween with his candy corn popcorn balls. Here’s his story:

I remember it so well growing up in Mid-Century America; Halloween was a big deal. The first sign of the season was picking out the colored autumn corn to hang on the front door and the right pumpkin from the patch. Next came the planning for the perfect costume. Most of the time it was a handmade number. I can remember being a hobo, clown, and the Frito Bandito. (What was your favorite costume?) It was truly simple times in our own “Mayberry and Bedford Falls.” We were given fresh homemade caramel apples, and, my favorite, popcorn balls as our bounty.  Interestingly enough, I would trick or treat at the home I live in today as a child, and Mrs. Rauch would always fill my plastic pumpkin bucket with her homemade popcorn balls. Who would ever think I would be living here more than 40 years later?

Make these popcorn balls for your Halloween celebration and make some memories of your own!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 18 cups pre-popped popcorn (unsalted)


  • 1 In a heavy medium size saucepan, mix the sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt.
  • 2 Cook over high heat until the mixture reaches 260 degrees using a candy thermometer, or the (hard-ball stage).
  • 3 Stir in vanilla.
  • 4 Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl or roasting pan that has been lightly greased with butter,
  • 5 Pour syrup mixture over popcorn, and, working quickly, tossing gently to coat.
  • 6 When the mixture is cool enough to handle, grease hands with butter, and form into 3-inch balls.
  • 7 Cool, and then wrap in wax paper and store in airtight container.


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