Popcorn Balls

A Fall Day

It’s Hallowee’n today. All the little ones will be out gathering treats…or giving out tricks. The sad part is that it is raining and doesn’t look like it will clear up. Fog has rolled in, and it even looks like a Hallowee’n day

Do  you remember when your kids were little and they went door to door…. when they were too small to go alone! All the excitement of having a costume. My husband was good at making costumes, and each year we saved the three costumes, and the following  year when kids came to the door without  a costume, they would leave our place dressed in one if these.

He was also good at painting faces… so before it was time to go out, they came to our place and he would paint their faces.

We lived in a section of Vancouver called Fraserview…

there were at least two kids in every home, a stipulation of our rental agreement, and they were Veterans homes.   We would have well over a hundred kids. As time went by  some of those kids became too old to go door to door, so we didn’t have to supply quite as many treats.

I started making popcorn balls. It took me quite a while to make enough, but well worth it as the kids appreciated them.

When we were moving away from there, one little boy knocked at my door.  He said “My mom told me that you are moving away. Do you suppose that you could give me your recipe for the popcorn balls that  you give us at Hallowee’n?”

Popcorn Balls     (microwave)

1cup sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1/2 cup popping corn, popped

Combine first four ingredients  in micro safe casserole Cover with plastic wrap. Micro High 6 minutes. Stir. Microwave uncovered for 4 minutes. 235 degrees F (*soft ball). If not to this point, High for another 2 minutes.

Place popped corn in large buttered bowl. Pour syrup in a thin stream over popped corn. Stir well. Rub hands with butter to form balls. Place on waxed paper. Wrap in waxed paper to give  out.

Makes 12 to 15 balls

It  looks like it is clearing up. The rain has stopped, the fog has gone away, and the sky is brightening.. The little kids will be happy!


7 thoughts on “Popcorn Balls

  1. Thank you for the recipe. I no longer have children coming to the house at Halloween. I live in a “dark” neighborhood where no one has porch lights on this evening. But popcorn balls sound good any way. And a little hot spiced cider to go with them, perhaps? Yummy.

  2. Oh the good old days of home made treats that parents knew were safe and your children could eat them without fearing anything bad was in them. For us the favorite Halloween treat was Nana`s home made fudge. I am happy to say it has cleared here as well and the knocking is mere moments away 🙂 Happy Halloween Auntie Norma !!

  3. I remember those popcorn balls, and thanks for the recipe going to make some for some little and big kids I know

  4. You created wonderful holiday memories for your boys and obviously for many of the neighbourhood children, too.

    That sounds like a great recipe. I haven’t made popcorn balls since our children were little, and didn’t do it often then. I recall making candy apples occasionally, too. It’s such a shame that times have changed so much and homemade goodies are no longer considered safe.

  5. Wow – what a nice story! You know you’re so appreciated when the little ones come back and ask for the recipe! And thank you, Norma, for sharing it with us too. I’m going to give it a try! 🙂

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