Popcorn Balls


1 cup sugar
¾ cup light corn syrup
1 – 14 oz. can condensed milk
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 cups popped popcorn
2 cups peanuts or pecans


In heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, condensed milk, and salt. Mix well. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until small amount dropped in cold water forms a soft ball. Remove from heat, let cool slightly. Stir in butter and vanilla.

Combine popcorn and nuts in large container. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn, toss and coat.

With well-buttered hands, quickly shape popcorn in 3-inch balls. Let stand at room temperature.