Vintage popcorn balls & other popcorn Christmas decorations to make (1968)

Make the prettiest Christmas decorations you’ll ever eat

Quick ‘n easy — with Jiffy Pop! All it takes is you — or a bunch of you — and the urge to make something personally pretty for the holidays.

Expecting a houseful for Christmas? New Years? in-between? Just hop into the kitchen and start popping.

One basic recipe makes them all. And the fast, simple variations are easy as easy — yet look totally different. Who knows? Before you’re through, you may be creating your own variations! Even if you don’t, your friends and family will still eat ’em up.

Jiffy Pop Popcorn: fun to make — fun to eat.

Personally pretty popcorn decorations

Basic popcorn ball recipe:

1 package Jiffy Pop Popcorn
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla

Pop corn according to package directions. Put into greased large kettle. Mix corn syrup and sugar together and heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Add butter and continue to heat and stir until butter has melted. Add vanilla. Pour over corn and mix well. Heat gently for 3 to 5 minutes until popcorn mixture clings together when stirred. Shape as desired.

Popcorn balls & other vintage Christmas decorations to make from food (1968)

1. Popcorn Tree Balls: Add 1 cup chopped gumdrops to popped corn. Shape into small balls.

2. Party Star: Add yellow food coloring to syrup mixture. Draw outline of star on foil. Press popcorn mixture into pattern. Cool. Decorate with gumdrops and red hots.

3. Holly-Pop Wreaths: Add green food coloring to syrup mixture. Shape into wreaths about 4″ in diameter. Decorate with slices of candied cherries and gumdrop pieces.

Old-fashioned popcorn balls recipes (1950s)

4. Candy Cookies: Add 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate pieces to syrup mixture. Mix with popped corn. Spoon onto foil. Shape into a large rectangle. Cut into squares when cool. Decorate with candied cherries for poinsettias, and candy mint leaves for stems.

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5. Popcorn Fruit Cake: Add 1 (5 oz.) jar mixed candied fruits to popped corn. Shape popcorn-syrup mixture into 2″ x 2-1/2″ cakes.

6. Candy Pop Canes: Add 1/4 cup cinnamon candies and a few drops of red food coloring to syrup mixture. Mix with popped corn. Shape into canes.

Popcorn balls & other popcorn Christmas decorations to make (1968)

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Classic Christmas popcorn balls recipe card

Classic Christmas popcorn balls recipe

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