November 2, 2012

The Popcorn Ball Incident

Autumn is slowly moving into winter. It's rainy and cold, and I've been in the mood to make some sweet treats for my boys.  A couple of days ago, in honor of Halloween, I made popcorn balls {recipe link for popcorn balls below}and candy apples. Both recipes turned out fantastic!

While making the popcorn  balls, I was fondly reminded of a Trick or Treat night long ago.  It was  Halloween night, many, many years ago.  I was trick or treating with my little sister and my friends. We were all about or 8 years old, give or take. We were escorted by two of my friends' older brother and sister. At one of the houses, they were handing out homemade popcorn balls! We all screeched in delight! This was a real treat! In my opinion, getting a popcorn ball for Trick or Treat was the best thing you could get!!

Huddled 'round the front door, reaching up as high as our little arms would stretch,  we held open our  pillowcase candy sack. The popcorn balls were dropped into the sacks one by one. I remember small talk and laughter between the home owner and our teen escorts. Everyone was happy. Everyone but one. One little girl who did not get her popcorn ball.

That little girl was me.

I knew I was accidentally overlooked, but I was too shy to say anything! I wanted desperately to say something but I just couldn't!

I was devastated!

Oh, I fancied Cracker Jacks, Reese's Cups and Clark bars...but a popcorn ball!! It was the CROWN JEWEL of Trick or Treat!!

As I stood there with a lump forming in my throat, I prayed silently that they would SOMEHOW notice my misfortune. Good-byes and good-nights were warmly exchanged, and we wandered back into the night. As we walked away, toward home....down the dark street lit by the white glow of street lights....I hung my head low.

Finally I spoke up.  "I didn't get one." My friend's big brother Steve said, "What?! You didn't get one?!" He reached inside his bag and pulled out his popcorn ball. "Here, you can have mine." Shocked and absolutely delighted, I was dumbfounded that anyone would actually GIVE UP a  popcorn ball...willingly!!

I was thrilled! I took his popcorn ball for my own and dropped it down into my pillowcase...all nestled between the Sugar Babies, Mallow Cups and Hershey Bars.

Wow, what an incredible, kind gesture from a teenage boy! How selfless! His parents raised him well. I can only hope that either one of my son's would do the same for a small child in a similar situation.

Recently, I have been reunited with my childhood friend. Her older brother is the one who gave me the popcorn ball. I mentioned the cherished memory to her, and she asked him if he remembered. No....he doesn't remember...but that's ok.
I remember!!
And to this day, I love popcorn balls!
It's one of my favorite Halloween treats!

The end!
*recipe for popcorn balls found here:



  1. That was a good Halloween tale... a little scary and sad, then happy, and sweet. Like you, I have a sentimental fondness for popcorn balls.

    1. I'm lovin' that you have a sentimental side for popcorn balls! It's fun to know there are people like me out there who get a kick out of the simple things!

  2. Your story made me cry. We too had a lady that made the best popcorn balls. It was the first thing we pulled out and ate when we got home. I too was very shy as a kid. I'm glad that young man was so sweet. What a great story.

    1. I'm glad you are a popcorn ball lover! That is awesome. I think it must be a generational thing. I just love 'em!

  3. Love it!! I'm with you. .though I didn't discover popcorn balls until adulthood!! The two ladies around here are no longer making popcorn balls. .so I was delighted last Wednesday night to be the adult with the kids when we hit a NEW popcorn ball house. .I gobbled mine up without sharing..and the kids actually ate theirs as soon as we got back into the vehicle to go to a new neighborhood!! I have NEVER made one myself, though I have been told that it isn't hard!! Hope you ate one this year too!! Have a great weekend!

    1. Heck ya I ate one! I think I ate two!! Tonight is our Trick or Treat night, Sat. Nov. 3rd, because of Super Storm Sandy...they postponed it until today. Our street doesn't really get trick or treaters...just a couple kids..I am passing out my homemade popcorn balls. I only gave away 2 so far and it is 7:30 pm. LOL! I'm glad you totally "get" the whole awesomeness of popcorn balls and Trick or Treat! That is awesome that you had 2 ladies that used to make them and now there is a new popcorn ball house. That totally warms my heart. My gosh, I am so stinkin' nostalgic!! haha!

  4. Alright, I am the odd one. I don't really care for popcorn balls. I love popcorn, though. But I love, love, LOVE your story. What a kind thing for a kid to do for a little girl. The fact that he doesn't remember it just goes to show he is used to being kind and it doesn't make an impression on him. Thanks for sharing such a nice tale.