Granny's Popcorn

Sugar/Granny/Mother Goose Popcorn

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Granny's Popcorn

Granny’s Popcorn

Do you remember the sugar popcorn that some call Mother Goose, some call Sugar Popcorn and some call Granny Corn?

It doesn’t matter what name you call it, this is definitely an oldie! 

Even thought whatever you called it, the purchased one was always a little bitter, but not this homemade one. 

It’s sweet in taste and will be in fond memories of old and new times!!!


Sugar/Granny/Mother Goose Popcorn


5 cups sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ tsp. salt

12 oz. (1 can) evaporated milk

4 drops food coloring, pink is traditional, or match it to your party theme  

32 cups popped popcorn, place into a large bowl discarding any corn that didn’t pop   Directions: In a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, vanilla, salt, vanilla, evaporated milk and food coloring. 

Attach candy thermometer to the side of the pan. 

This is important and be sure you have a good candy thermometer that is working properly. Be sure the end of the candy thermometer, the bulb does NOT touch the bottom of the pan, yet in the mixture.Granny's Popcorn

STIRRING CONSTANTLY cook over medium-high heat until mixture boils. 

When it comes to a boil turn down to medium; continue stirring until the good candy thermometer reaches 235 degrees.

Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and toss gently till completely coated.

Stir gently, turning from the bottom bringing the candy mixture up to the top.

In the beginning the candy coating on the popcorn will be shiny.

Continue to stir gently; pulling from the bottom to the top and in about 2-3 minutes – POOF and MAGIC happens!Granny's Popcorn

 The candy coating sugars and becomes that wonderful throw-back candy we still enjoy today.

Granny's PopcornRecipe by Carrie Groneman, adapted  from Melinda Forbush’s recipe.

Copyright a Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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  1. lunettes ray ban
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  2. Krista Low
    Krista Low says:

    This looks just like the popcorn balls my Grandma used to make! She would do it with puffed rice cereal sometimes too 🙂 This is being featured @ Great Idea Thursday’s! Thanks for linking up with me and for the trip down memory lane 🙂 Krista @ A Handful of Everything

    • Carrie Groneman
      Carrie Groneman says:

      The Mother Goose popcorn was a treat for me too, and this recipe doesn’t leave that little bit of bitter after taste. I hope you like it. THANK YOU so much for featuring me!!!

  3. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday!

    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy


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