You are here: Home » Recipes » Gram’s Popcorn Balls Gram’s Popcorn Balls Recipe by American Profile Yield servings Just 5 ingredients make this delicious, molasses and peanut treat PrintEmail Ingredients 1 cup sugar1 cup molasses1/2 teaspoon salt4 cups popcorn1 cup peanuts (optional) Instructions 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.