Molasses Popcorn Balls


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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings

These popcorn balls are made with sorghum molasses syrup. It may not sound good, at first, but once you taste it you'll realize this is a perfectly good alternative to regular popcorn balls, which are usually made with caramel. ​


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure sorghum syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 tbsp. butter for hands (or as needed)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine sugar, sorghum syrup, water, salt, and butter.

  2. Cook to the hard ball stage (about 250 F on a candy thermometer), stirring occasionally.

  3. Remove from heat. Working quickly, stir in popped corn and turn into a buttered pan.

  4. With buttered hands, shape into balls and place on waxed paper to cool.