Gram’s Popcorn Balls

  • Yield: servings


1cup sugar
1cup molasses
1/2teaspoon salt
4cups popcorn
1cup peanuts (optional)


  1. Use 1 tablespoon butter to grease a roaster and your hands to make popcorn balls.  Place the popcorn and peanuts, if desired, in roaster.  In a saucepan, simmer sugar, molasses, and salt to hard ball stage.  Drop a teaspoonful of mixture in cold water; if it forms a hard ball, it’s ready.  Or a candy thermometer can be used.  Mixture is ready when thermometer reaches 260 degrees.  It takes only a few minutes to reach hard ball stage; don’t overcook.  Pour mixture over popcorn, mix well, and quickly form into balls.  After popcorn balls cool, wrap in plastic wrap and tie with ribbons.