Caramel raisin popcorn balls

Dec 1, 2012 at 4:01 a.m. ET

Sweet balls of popcorn, raisins and walnuts covered in crunchy caramel are the perfect holiday treat! Popcorn balls are easy to make and a great holiday gift!

Caramel raisin popcorn balls

Unlike soft caramel sauces, the crunchy butter rum caramel in this recipe would also be great for pralines — it's similar to the coating used for chocolate raisin rum truffles.

Caramel raisin popcorn balls

Makes about 12 popcorn balls


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup rum (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt



Add the canola oil to a 4-quart saucepan and heat over high heat. When the oil is hot, add popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When the corn stops popping, remove from heat.

Caramel raisin popcorn balls


Pour popcorn into a bowl and add the raisins and walnuts. Set aside. Heat the sugar over moderate heat, keeping an eye on it.

Caramel raisin popcorn balls


Once the caramel starts browning at the edges, begin to drag the sugar towards towards the center to prevent any burnt spots.

Caramel raisin popcorn balls


When all the sugar has liquified, add rum (optional), butter, vanilla and salt. Be careful as the caramel will splatter. Stir in the popcorn, nuts and raisins, coating each piece.

Caramel raisin popcorn balls


Turn out onto a greased piece of aluminum foil. Allow to cool slightly.

Caramel raisin popcorn balls


Butter hands or wax paper heavily and shape the popcorn into balls about 3-1/2 inches in diameter. Set aside to cool completely.

More recipe ideas

Orange raisin scones
Chocolate raisin truffles
Oatmeal raisin cookies