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Popcorn Balls with Golden Raisins

Hang these popcorn balls on your Christmas tree this year for homemade ornaments. For the how-to, see Popcorn Christmas Decorations.

  • Yield: Makes 12

Photography: Lucas Allen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007


  • 12 cups popped unsalted popcorn (from 1/2 cup kernels)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar


  1. Combine popcorn and golden raisins in a large bowl.

  2. Bring sugar, water, corn syrup, salt, and vinegar to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan, and continue to cook, without stirring, until mixture reaches 290 degrees, about 14 minutes.

  3. Pour hot syrup over popcorn mixture, and stir until well coated. Working quickly, shape mixture into 2 1/2-inch balls, and transfer to parchment to cool.

Cook's Notes

Popcorn balls can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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  • kimdivagirl
    3 AUG, 2011
    This recipe is very good, but I have noticed that almost all recipes for popcorn balls follow one of two formulas, so I simplified them: You can use this recipe with a 1/2 cup of any add ins you like instead of raisins plus a few drops of food coloring if you like, or you can use this other one with 1 cup of add ins and whatever food coloring you like.