Patriotic Popcorn Balls Recipe

Patriotic Popcorn Balls

On patriotic holidays its fun to celebrate with some red, white and blue treats.  This Patriotic Popcorn Balls recipe is the perfect thing to add to the celebration.  Not only are they fun and festive, but they taste REALLY good.  My mom is the creator of these and I can’t wait until she makes me another batch (although I will probably break down and make them myself)!

Patriotic Popcorn Balls Recipe


2 c. sugar
2/3 cup water
1-1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. light corn syrup
1/2 c. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 qts (16 cups) warm popped corn (Be sure to use white corn, not yellow.)
1/2 to 3/4 cup blue M&Ms
1/2 to 3/4 cup red M&Ms


Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking over low heat without stirring, until mixture reaches hard ball stage (put a few drops in ice-cold water and it will harden quickly) or 268 degrees on a candy thermometer. Add vanilla.
Pour over warm popcorn.

Divide popcorn in two batches. Add red M&Ms to one batch and add the blue M&Ms to the other. Wet hands and form into balls. You may want to put a thin film of butter on your hands so the popcorn doesn’t stick.

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  1. Looks patriotic and very delicious!

  2. shelly peterson says:

    Oh what a yummy recipe for the 4th of July. my mom used to make popcorn balls when we were kids. I would love to make these for my kids.

  3. Kimberly Flickinger says:

    They are definitely patriotic and they look delicious, just in time for Independence Day!


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