Gummy Worm Popcorn Balls


Halloween candies turn these old-fashioned popcorn balls into party favors.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
26 mins
Cool Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 16 mins


  • 18 cup popped popcorn

  • 2 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup light-colored corn syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

  • Gummy worms, candy corn, and other Halloween candies


  1. Remove all unpopped kernels from popped popcorn. Put popcorn in a greased 17x12x2-inch baking or roasting pan. Keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree F oven while making syrup.

  2. For syrup mixture, butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In saucepan combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils, stirring to dissolve sugar (about 6 minutes). Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 250 degrees F, hard-ball stage (about 20 minutes).

  3. Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour syrup mixture over the hot popcorn and stir gently to coat, adding candies. Cool until the popcorn mixture can be handled easily. With buttered hands, quickly shape the mixture into 2-1/2-inch diameter balls. Wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature up to 3 days. Makes about 20 popcorn balls.

    Gummy Worm Popcorn Balls pile black plate party favors

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
46g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Protein 2g
Iron 0.2mg 1%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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