Maple Pecan Popcorn Balls

Maple Pecan Popcorn Balls

Classic popcorn balls with a flavorful twist make a perfect after-school snack for pint-sizers.

"Light" corn syrup doesn't refer to its calories; it's a reference to its color -- and its mild flavor. Here, it keeps the sugar from crystallizing in these chewy popcorn balls, spiked with maple for a fall treat. Have everything ready before you start as you need to work quickly.

25 min Prep: 10 min Cook: 15 min
Serves: 18 Save

Ingredients (9)

  • ⅔ cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 3 T Canola Oil
  • 2 cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Light Corn Syrup
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  • 1¼ Unsalted Butter Sticks
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans


  1. Lightly butter the inside of a large bowl. Pour warm popcorn into buttered bowl.
  2. Mix sugar, water, corn syrup, maple syrup, butter, salt and cream of tartar in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring often. Attach candy thermometer to the inside of the pan. Continue heating undisturbed until temperature reaches 268F (hard-ball stage), about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from the heat; stir in nuts. Slowly drizzle sugar mixture over popcorn, tossing gently with a spatula.
  4. Working quickly and wearing rubber gloves that you've buttered, gather about 1/2 cup of the coated popcorn together at a time, and form into balls without compacting too tightly.