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How to Make Patriotic Popcorn Balls

Would you like to make patriotic popcorn balls for your 4th of July celebration?

Here's what you will need:

Patriotic Popcorn Balls Recipe (Makes 35 balls.)

  • 38 cups of popped corn (which I got from 1 cup of popcorn kernels)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 box red jello
  • 1 box blue jello
  • butter

1. Use a Whirley-Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popperor other popper to pop the corn.

2.  In each of 3 pots, place 1/3 cup corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, and 3 Tbsp. water.

3.  In one pot, put the red jello, and in one put the blue jello.

4. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Cook 3-4 minutes.

5. Divide the popcorn into 3 batches and pour the syrup on, stirring to coat.

6. Let cool slightly until you can handle it.

7. Butter hands WELL, scoop up each color popcorn, and mash into a ball.

8. Allow to cool on wax paper. Then individually wrap with plastic wrap.

Tips for forming the popcorn balls:

  • Butter hands between before each ball. Otherwise, the ball will stick to your hands and not itself.
  • Mash hard. The balls will stick together better if you are firm.
  • Don't let the syrup cool too much. It will be difficult to form into a ball.

*Confession: My "blue" jello turned out to be RED, even though the picture on the box showed BLUE! I improvised and used blue food coloring in the plain syrup on these popcorn balls instead.

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  1. Wow, I may try this as a cool summer project with my son. I have to figure out how to pop the popcorn first. I don’t have a popper and really don’t want to buy one.


  2. A popcorn ball sounds yummy! I think some time I might try this. I can’t get corn syrup in Warsaw, but it is easy enough to make. Caramel corn sounds good, too.

  3. Can’t wait to make things with my kids!!!

  4. Microwave rice cookers are perfect for popcorn. They are really cheap too and make good rice. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/260892190947?hlp=false this type.


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