Festive Red and Green Popcorn Balls for Christmas

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Red and Green Popcorn Balls for Christmas

My family and I had great fun making these cute popcorn balls for Christmas this year.  These are traditional treats, and although the process is a little messy it is worth it.  You can also experiment with different flavor extracts to make each taste a little different. We made the green balls vanilla flavored and red ones peppermint flavored.Green Popcorn for Christmas

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Red and Green Popcorn Ball Recipe

Published By Anne
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 6
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  • 12 cups unsalted popped corn
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon flavoring we used vanilla and peppermint
  • 4-5 drops food coloring


  • Pop the popcorn. We use air popped, but you could also pop it on the stove.
    12 cups unsalted popped corn
  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, butter, and salt. The syrup needs to be cooked until it reaches 270 degrees. We didn't have a candy thermometer so we let it come to a boil and then cooked it for about 2 minutes more until it started to thicken and cling to the spoon.
    1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 cup butter, 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Remove it from the heat and add the flavoring and food coloring.
    3/4 teaspoon flavoring, 4-5 drops food coloring
  • Pour the syrup over the popcorn slowly, stirring constantly. This step works better with two people, one to stir and one to pour.
  • Let the popcorn cool a little bit, and then use buttered hands to firmly squish the popcorn into a ball shape. We had popcorn ball shapers from Jolly Time, but we found that we still needed to use our hands to make it all stick together. We used about 1 cup of popcorn per ball, and the recipe made six.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 279IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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Pouring the Candy Syrup on the Popcorn
Using a Popcorn Ball MakerSquishing the Popcorn Balls


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