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One of my favorite memories of my childhood is of the sweet taste of popcorn balls in the fall.  I not only enjoyed eating these gooey, delicious balls but I loved helping my mom make them.  I would stand on a stool that my grandpa made for me and stir, and stir and stir until my little arms would tire and then my mom would take over and my sister and I would pick out a color to dye them.  Then I would watch my mom as she stirred the goo over the popped kernels and formed them into balls.  When I got older and she knew I could handle forming the hot balls I got to stand alongside her and help form them.  I loved fall popcorn ball days!  Thanks, Mama, for such a wonderful memory.

When my oldest daughter was little I decided that I wanted to carry the popcorn ball tradition into my family so on a cool fall day when my mom was over she, my oldest daughter, who was about two then, and I made some up.  Each fall I make these, at least twice, for my family.  Now it’s my children who help stir until their little arms tire, and they are the ones to choose the color, and like when I was little they ask to help form the balls, but they are still too little to handle the hot gooey kernels so that will have to wait a bit longer.  They don’t really seem to mind though, as long as they get to enjoy the sweet flavor of popcorn balls, like we did the other night when we were gathered around our campfire!

I hope that you can start a fall popcorn evening tradition with your family now too!

Ingredients:

20 C of popped popcorn

3/4 C light corn syrup

1/4 C butter (not margarine)

2 tsp cold water

1 tsp vanilla

2 3/4 C powder sugar

1 C mini marshmallows

Desired food coloring

Directions:

Placed popped popcorn in a very large mixing bowl and set aside, be sure to remove any unpopped kernels.

In a medium saucepan combine corn syrup, butter, water, vanilla, sugar and marshmallows.  Stir constantly over medium heat.  When butter and marshmallows are melted add food coloring.  Continue to stir over medium heat until it just reaches a soft boil stage.  Remove from heat and pour over popcorn and softly toss and stir until each kernel is coated.  Set a small bowl of very cold water beside your popcorn and use this to dip your hands in to keep them cool while you quickly form balls.  Enjoy!

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