Goblin Popcorn Balls

Author: Canadian Living

Kids will gobble up these easy popcorn treats. Currants and diced apricots can replace the candy.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : © CanadianLiving.com


  • 8 cups popped corn
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup orange gumdrop chopped
  • 1 cup orange jujubes chopped
  • 1 cup black gumdrop chopped
  • 1 cup black jujubes chopped


Place popped corn in bowl; set aside.

In small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar, corn syrup, water, butter and salt to boil; cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, for 10 minutes or until at hard-ball stage of 254°F (123°C) on candy thermometer, or until 1/2 tsp (2 mL) syrup dropped into cold water forms rigid but still slightly pliable ball. Remove from heat.

Wearing oven mitts to shield against spatters, carefully stir in vanilla. Pour over popped corn; using greased spoon, toss until coated. Stir in candy. Wearing rubber gloves, form into 2-inch (5 cm) balls; let cool on baking sheet.

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Goblin Popcorn Balls