On the Johnson side of the family…that’s my family. We always had popcorn balls for any bigger family get together. We had them always for Thanksgiving. So the Wednesday before Thanksgiving I had Kalissa’s boys, Carver and Gannon at my house while Kalissa did errands. I was trying to take care of them and trying to prep for the Thanksgiving meal that would be happening the next day. I tried to think of something that I needed to make that they could help with. Well, Popcorn Balls immediately came to mind.
It was so fun making these with Carver. He is such a good conversationalist. I was telling him all about how when I was a kid I helped my mom make popcorn balls…then he asked me “how many years I did this recipe”. Well to be honest, pretty close to 54 (that’s how old I am). I don’t remember a year without popcorn balls for Thanksgiving…but there might have been one.
Then Carver asked about my mom. I got a chance to tell him all about her.
I make the marshmallow version. I remember as a kid my mom made the kind of popcorn balls that the syrup is cooked with a candy thermometer. I remember mom being so worried about herself or me with the recipe. Then as I got older, she switched to the marshmallow version.
I don’t have a real recipe. This is the best I can do…I melt one 14 ounce bag of marshmallows with one stick of butter. I melt it in the microwave. Then I add enough popcorn to make the perfect about of sticky…I added more popcorn than this.
I have an older version of this popcorn popper…(Find it HERE)
I make 2 1/2 batches of popcorn and add about that much to the marshmallow mixture. The description of the popper says it makes 18 cups so I’m guessing I put in about 40+ cups of popcorn.
I wait for a second to let the marshmallow mixture cool down then I butter my hands (like putting on lotion) Then take a wad of them mixture and shape it into a ball. I squeeze it tight. Then I put them in a container. Typically we wait a few hours before eating them.
Carver ended up taking the camera and snapped this picture of me making the popcorn balls.
Here they are in the bag…ready for us to eat. Admittedly, that batch really made two more than shown. (Yes, I’m guilty)
I’m so happy I could share this tradition with Carver and Gannon. I hope I can do this for many years to come, and wouldn’t it be wonderful if he carried on a Johnson tradition to his family. I love keeping our family connected.
Happily, we can do this all again at Christmas.
Next up, we need to teach him to love pickled herring. I can’t imagine that will be an easy sell as he’s a really picky eater!!
What family traditions do you keep…I love hearing from you, so please leave a comment.