Homemade pop corn balls are so easy to make and can be made corn syrup free. My daughter brought home a popcorn ball from her Halloween party at school last week. I couldn’t resist and I took a bite of it – delicious! Then I started to think about what was in the popcorn ball and was fairly grossed out.
You can make your own popcorn balls at home. We used organic popcorn and sorghum syrup. My favorite sorghum syrup (which is like a maple syrup consistency with a slight molasses taste) is from Muddy Pond Sorghum Mill. If you don’t have it in your local store, you can order it online from their website.
Corn Syrup Free GFCF Popcorn Balls
3/4 cup sorghum syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon Earth Balance Buttery Stick (or butter)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 bags microwave popcorn (popped)
Pop the popcorn in a microwave as directed on package. Once cooled, pour into a very large bowl.
In a medium-sized sauce pan, heat the sorghum and sugar over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon so the sugars don’t burn. Use a candy thermometer and heat to 250 degrees. Remove from the heat and add the baking soda and butter. Stir to combine.
Hint: Make sure your pot is large enough to allow the sticky caramel to expand once the baking soda is added to the melted sugars.
Pour the hot sugar mixture over the popcorn and combine to coat the popcorn. I use a wooden spoon to turn everything. The mixture will be VERY HOT so do not touch it with your hands.
Put on rubber gloves. Dip your hands in cold water and form popcorn into balls. Allow to harden on waxed paper or a silpat.
Makes about 20 1 cup sized popcorn balls.