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How to Make Patriotic Popcorn Balls

Posted By Smockity Frocks On July 3, 2011 @ 10:30 pm In Recipes,Side Dishes | 5 Comments


Would you like to make patriotic popcorn balls for your 4th of July celebration?

Here’s what you will need:

Patriotic Popcorn Balls Recipe (Makes 35 balls.)

  • 38 cups of popped corn (which I got from 1 cup of popcorn kernels)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 box red jello
  • 1 box blue jello
  • butter

1. Use a Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper [2]or other popper to pop the corn.

2.  In each of 3 pots, place 1/3 cup corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, and 3 Tbsp. water.

3.  In one pot, put the red jello, and in one put the blue jello.

4. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Cook 3-4 minutes.

5. Divide the popcorn into 3 batches and pour the syrup on, stirring to coat.

6. Let cool slightly until you can handle it.

7. Butter hands WELL, scoop up each color popcorn, and mash into a ball.

8. Allow to cool on wax paper. Then individually wrap with plastic wrap.

Tips for forming the popcorn balls:

  • Butter hands between before each ball. Otherwise, the ball will stick to your hands and not itself.
  • Mash hard. The balls will stick together better if you are firm.
  • Don’t let the syrup cool too much. It will be difficult to form into a ball.

*Confession: My “blue” jello turned out to be RED, even though the picture on the box showed BLUE! I improvised and used blue food coloring in the plain syrup on these popcorn balls instead.

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