Eggnog Popcorn Balls

Kim Biegacki


Lovin' this recipe with some popcorn, nuts and nog, how fun! This would be a fun snack for a cold evening when everyone is snuggled around together watching a movie and sipping on some hot chocolate.

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6 (3-inch) popcorn balls
15 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 9 c
    plain popped pocorn
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c
    light corn syrup
  • 1/3 c
  • 1 tsp
    distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 4 Tbsp
    unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 tsp
    ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp
    vanilla extract or rum
  • 1/2 c
    toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

How to Make Eggnog Popcorn Balls


  1. Coat a large heatproof bowl with butter, vegetable oil, or cooking spray and place popcorn in the bowl.
  2. Place sugar, corn syrup, water, vinegar, and salt in a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Place over high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Bring to a boil and cook until mixture registers 260°F on a candy/fat thermometer, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter, nutmeg, and vanilla until melted and smooth.
  3. Immediately drizzle sugar mixture over popcorn. Add pecans and stir continuously with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom of the bowl, until popcorn is thoroughly coated and cool enough to handle, about 3 minutes.
  4. Using buttered or oiled hands, tightly press mixture (it may still be a bit warm) into 3-inch rounds. Place on waxed or parchment paper to cool completely, about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Popcorn balls will last about 5 days at room temp. in an airtight container.

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About Eggnog Popcorn Balls

Course/Dish: Popcorn
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids

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