Grandpa’s Popcorn Balls


Great, Great Grandpa Apell had a huge farm in Illinois with prize-winning corn. He made Popcorn Balls for all the Grandkids at Christmastime. He lived to be 106 and claimed workin’ the farm and eatin’ corn was the secret! This recipe is delicious!

Original recipe makes 10 – 3 inch round balls


2 cups white sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
salt to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
5 quarts popped popcorn

  • PREP

    10 mins

  • COOK

    15 mins


    25 mins


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter and water. Stir and heat to hard-crack stage or 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Remove from heat, add vanilla or vinegar; mix well.
  2. Pour slowly over popped popcorn while stirring. Wait 5 minutes and shape into 3 inch round balls.


Calories: 458 kcal
Carbohydrates: 75.1 g
Cholesterol: 24 mg
Fat: 18.7 g
Fiber: 1.8 g
Protein: 1.7 g
Sodium: 317 mg