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Halloween popcorn balls recipe

Halloween Gummy Worm Popcorn Balls Recipe 


  • 10 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • 3 Tbsp. of butter
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla

Equipment Needed 

  • Candy Thermometer


  • Pop the popcorn and keep it warm in the oven
  • In a heavy saucepan, add the sugar, water, and salt
  • Use the candy thermometer to check the boiling temperature
  • Bring the pot to a boil, making sure everything is mixed and dissolved, let the ingredients boil until it reaches 235 degrees, which is the soft-ball stage
  • Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla – mix in
  • Pour over warmed popcorn
  • Add the gummy worm to the top of the mixture 
  • Shape popcorn into 3 inch balls 
  • *you can wash hands in cold water to prevent the popcorn balls from sticking to you
  • To keep the popcorn balls fresh and maintain their shape – Wrap easch on in wax paper and secure with a Halloween ribbon 


  • The gummy worms and the grease from the butter may cause the popcorn balls to pull apart – just let the mixture cool off some more and reshape. 
  • If the popcorn balls will not hold – add worms to the top of the popcorn balls and wrap in wax paper to help it hold it’s shape