Simple Popcorn Balls



“Beggars can’t be choosers, except when it comes to popcorn balls, and stale ones at that!”

Simple  Popcorn Balls because you’ve been “popping” through my mind all day.  😉
Remember how you felt when you were young and you saw a great big colorful, sticky Popcorn Ball?
I could never begin to finish a whole popcorn ball on my own but the experience was always a memorable one.
When my kids were little I realized why they were a special occasion treat… SO Messy!
After making them for several years, I have found that if you are prepared and do the steps quickly, you have very little mess and an whole lot of yummy memorable fun!
I like to make a smaller ball so that it’s easier to bag
I see that many people are putting their popcorn balls on a STICK!
EXCELLENT idea for easier eating.
In a LARGE POT that has been GREASED with PAM over medium heat include:

1 Cup Karo Syrup

1 Box of Your Favorite Jell-o

(Consider what occasion you are making it for as that you can match up the colors you might desire)

1/2 Cup Sugar

Mix well until it becomes a hot thick silky syrup.

An apron is recommended as well as a few extra strips of wax paper covering counter tops is advised until you hit your stride an feel confident your not going to make a huge sticky mess. 🙂

I like to pop my own popcorn using an air popper.

That way I can control the amount of butter and salt that is being used.

We prefer this recipe with the least amount of butter possible.

When your sugar Jell-o mixture is ready,

quickly add 10 cups of Popcorn into your pot mixing the whole time.

I find if I have my popcorn set up in 3- 3 1/4 cup batches ready to dump in it makes it a little bit easier to keep mixing and get all of my popcorn coated.

Get your hands wet or spray them with Pam

Start forming your popcorn balls in your desired size.

There is even a Popcorn Baller you can purchase.

I’ve never felt like I needed more than my own buttered hands to shape these quickly but who knows the popcorn Baller might actually make Simple Popcorn Balls even simpler!

Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

I often will use a small plastic spatula to help scrap the bowl and mix it. I always butter or grease my spatula first.

You may insert your stick, dip it in chocolate, roll it in sprinkles, chocolate chips or tie a bow on them and watch with delight when they make everyone’s face brighten.

Bring them to the bake sale, to the party, for fun because they are Simple Popcorn Balls to make.

If you have your wax paper lined cookies sheets already prepped and your popcorn nicely measured out, your process will be much more successful.

ALWAYS wash your pot and the spatula that you used IMEDIATLY!!!

If you use hot water and soap just after your project is finished, then your clean up will be a snap.

If you wait even 20 minutes, your mix will harden and make it a HUGE pain in the butt to clean.

They are not as labor intensive or messy as they seem!

If you desire a darker color or a color that you can’t seem to find in Jell-o you may always use food coloring to achieve your desired results.

I like to spread a thin layer of coated popcorn across a wax paper lined cookie sheet and wait for it to harden, break it apart and serve in a candy dish!

Super Simple Popcorn Balls- fun for ALL seasons!

Fun as a gift, for a special occasion or just for the fun of watching someone get excited about such an AWESOME treat!

Enjoy an old favorite,

Meg xoxo

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  1. You always everything look so simple and I am sure it is…I just like to make things difficult…hehe

    By the way, I loved how you gave the helpful hints at the end of this… was really good that way. = )

    I’m gonna share this one to pass around your awesomeness!


    • Erica on September 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Something is up with your Vote banner. It doesn’t link anywhere…just white screen.


    LOVE this! Going to be making these very very soon! TY!

      • Meg on September 29, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Erica! I’ll check that out!

      Let me know how it goes. 🙂 I love that I can make almost any flavor using Jell-o.

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