Ooey, Gooey Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Popcorn Balls


Ooey, Gooey Popcorn Balls

Ooey, Gooey Popcorn Balls

Friday nights are not what they used to be.  With 3 kids and a really busy schedule, my husband and I actually look forward to staying home  and having fun with the kids at the end of the work week.  Last week after our Friday evening meal, I felt like trying something new with the kids.  I wanted to be in the kitchen with them dancing around to music and I wanted to make something sweet.  Gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free, of course.  

Popcorn balls sounded like the perfect idea.  So, we turned to 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes again and made some delicious ooey, gooey popcorn balls.  The kids were able to help and these super sweet treats hit the spot!  

How about you?  When was the last time you had a ooey, gooey popcorn ball?


Popcorn Balls from 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes

5 cups popped corn

1/2 cup Earth Balance 

2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup light corn syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Place the popped corn in a glass baking dish 9 x 13 or larger.

2.  In a small, heavy saucepan, combine the Earth Balance, sugar, syrup, and salt over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Remove the caramel from the heat and stir in vanilla and baking soda until the caramel is foamy.  Pour the mixture evenly over the popcorn, tossing gently to coat.

3. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  This thouroughly coats all of the popcorn  and sets the caramel.  Remove the dish from the oven and transfer the popcorn to a sheet of waxed paper to cool.  When the mixture is still warm, but cool enough to handle, firmly press the popcorn into 3 inch balls, wearing plastic gloves coated with cooking spray.  Cool the balls on waxed paper and store tightly covered for up to 2 days.


8 responses to “Ooey, Gooey Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Popcorn Balls

  1. What a fun treat! I love your site. You always have something yummy!

  2. Thanks LaTeefa. Please let me know when you try a recipe and how it turns out. Thanks for visiting.

  3. I can’t wait to try a recipe. They all sound so good. Thanks for sharing all of this.

  4. Looks great!

  5. hi there! what earth balance product are you referring to? i am dying to make these!

  6. Hi Joceycakes,

    Thanks for visiting. You can find Earth Balance products at Whole Foods but we have recently switched to Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread that is vegan and gluten-free. We have had great results with both but prefer the Smart Balance.

    Hope that helps. Let me know if you try them out.


  7. thank you so much, im going to try these for the holidays 🙂

  8. Love this recipe – thanks for posting it. I made a double-batch this morning for my son’s first grade class and they were a big hit!

    I made some modifications, partly because I was super-rushed, partly because I wasn’t paying enough attention, and partly because my son used to be allergic to soy and learned to love the taste of coconut oil in treats like this.
    – doubled recipe but used a lot more popcorn than it calls for. I probably multiplied the amount of popcorn by at least 4, but it covered the popcorn just right.
    – used 1 c raw coconut oil instead of EArth Balance or Smart Balance (not distiller pressed, it still has a slight sweet flavor, but not a strong coconut flavor).
    – didn’t bake at all, just gently stirred caramel and popcorn in two big baking dishes and let them set for a bit,
    – forgot to add the vanilla and baking soda to the first half of the batch, added it to the second, nobody noticed and both batches stuck together for me
    – poured big star sprinkles into the batch while it cooled

    I love that these are soft and yet sticky enough to make they make great shapes. Thanks again for sharing!

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