Tootsie Pop Popcorn Balls are great for trick-or-treats.
I actually don’t like scary things like scary movies, frightmares, spook alleys, haunted houses, ghosts, goblins, and zombies – you get the picture. I do have some wonderful memories of Halloween though.
Growing up on a Dairy farm meant that we had to get the cows milked and the chores done before we could go trick or treating. Our nearest neighbors lived a mile away in each direction and my grandparents on my mother’s side lived 4 miles away, so obviously we did not walk to go trick or treating.
My mother, or one of my older siblings drove us to go trick-or-treating. We went about 15 miles to the South and 4 miles North (to my grandparents) and even with all of that distance, we only went to about 25 houses.
There was a very special older lady that made fabulous popcorn balls for us every Halloween for a treat. We really didn’t see her much except at Halloween. Her and her husband never had any children, and I think that this was a special time for her to have the trick-or-treaters come. That is one house that we never missed! This recipe brought back some treasured memories of some great Halloween times.
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅓ cup light corn syrup
- ⅓ cup water
- ¼ cup butter
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 quarts unseasoned popcorn
- 10 Tootsie Roll Pops
- Mix sugar, light corn syrup, water, butter, and salt, in a large, thicker, pan.
- Cook on medium heat, stirring only until the sugar is dissolved.
- Continue to cook without stirring until syrup forms a brittle ball when dropped into a cup of cold water.
- Add vanilla and pour slowly over the popped popcorn and mix well.
- Unwrap 10 Tootsie pops.
- Using vinyl food prep gloves, shape popcorn around the tootsie pop applying enough pressure to make the popcorn ball stick together.