Popcorn Balls

This recipe was copied twice onto one card, which was then cut in half. Both halves were in the box.

When reassembled, this is the back. Donald Ruthenberg was president of Southwestern College from 1972 to 1980.

To Southwestern College Alumni and Friends

“Meet the President” Picnic-Party is planned…

Southwestern College in Winfield has a new President, Dr. Donald Ruthenberg. We’d like for you to meet him and his family. To do this, the committee named is planning a picnic-party in their honor… we want you to come!

Date: Sunday, September 10th.
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Lounge of the Edgemoor Park Recreational Bldg., 9th & North Edgemoor.
Dinner: Pot-luck. Bring covered dishes for your own family, plus extra for our guests. Bring your own table service. Drinks furnished.
Guests: Bring guests, potential students if you can.
Committee: Working out these plans:
Harold & Dorothy Froning
Marvin & Olive Garfield, Lee and Elinor King,
William & Lois Shuler, Carl & Leriland Richardson

Which does rather leave the question of what, exactly, this is a recipe for. Could be something you’d call candy corn; could be something you’d call caramel corn. But the reference to “butter size of walnut” and paraffin makes me think this is popcorn balls, for which there are similar recipes on the web.

From the box of L.S. from Joplin, Missouri.


3 c. sugar
1 c. Karo syrup
1/2 t. cream of tartar
1/2 c. boiling water
butter size of walnut
about 1 t. paraffin

Cook till soft ball in water.

Popcorn Balls method (provided by Yesterdish)

I’d omit the paraffin. Not that wax isn’t delicious. It’s just, wax isn’t delicious.

Use 6 quarts of popped corn. Put the popcorn into deep baking dishes that have been well-greased with butter.

When soft ball stage is reached, pour candy mixture over popcorn and stir. With buttered hands, form balls. This volume should make 45 (hey, that’s a lot of sugar) popcorn balls.

Place balls on parchment to cool.

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