Serving Size:
1 popcorn ball

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein
  • Vegetarian


  • 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.

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!

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

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 fat
  • 2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


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