Sweet Popcorn Balls

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Kendra from Florida.

Portions: 18

Serving size: 1 popcorn ball


  • 16 cups popped popcorn, unsalted
  • 2 cups Karo® dark corn syrup
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons whipped butter


  1. Pop popcorn and put in a large bowl.  Set aside for use later.
  2. Mix syrup, brown sugar, water and vinegar in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils.  Continue cooking and stirring almost constantly about 15-20 minutes on medium heat. Cook to hard ball stage (until a small amount of mixture forms a hard ball when tested in very cold water.)
  3. Remove from heat, quickly add butter, and stir.
  4. Slowly pour mixture over popped popcorn in a large bowl, while mixing well.  Form into balls, using as little pressure as possible.
  5. Wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  241
  • Protein  1 g
  • Carbohydrates  48 g
  • Fat  5 g
  • Cholesterol  3 mg
  • Sodium  80 mg
  • Potassium  81 mg
  • Phosphorus  26 mg
  • Calcium  15 mg
  • Fiber  1.0 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1 starch
    • 1 fat
    • 2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Butter hands, or better yet, wear rubber gloves with butter on them. The popcorn won't stick as bad and is not as hot!

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Sweet Popcorn Balls
JPRD says:

Didn't stick together, so we served in baggies. Just okay.

Feb. 03, 2011, 8:33 AM - Inappropriate review?

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