Every year around Halloween my Grammy O’Brion would make a ton of molasses popcorn balls . Some would be given as gifts to the family and the rest to give out to trick or treaters. This was back when it was okay to get unwrapped, homemade things in your trick or treat bag and kids and adults came from far away to get these from her, because they were just that good!
Many years I would join her at her big counter, hands buttered and sunk into the scalding hot bowl of popcorn mixed with that sticky, buttery, molasses goodness making the balls to give out. It was a lovely tradition for me and I’m sure she appreciated the extra hands to help.
Here is how we made them~
- 4 quarts popped corn, slightly salted – Unpopped kernels removed
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Melt butter and add sugar and molasses. Boil until temperature reaches 270 degrees.
- Remove from heat, and add the baking soda.
- Mix well, then pour over pop corn.
- Rub hands with butter, before making each ball. Shape balls using very little pressure.
- Lay balls on waxed paper, and let cool.
- Wrap in saran wrap, or put each on in a plastic baggie.