Oct 9, 2020

Halloween Treat Popcorn Balls | #HalloweenTreatsWeek

These Halloween popcorn balls, tossed together with a concoction of melted marshmallows and butter, along with candy corn and peanuts, are super fun to make!

This post was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I received some swag from our sponsor. As always, all opinions are mine. 

Halloween Popcorn Balls



Popcorn balls are such an easy treat to make. You could even make them with kids. Just be sure to make a little extra popcorn for your helpers for snacking. 

You make these popcorn balls just like you would make Rice Krispy treats, but you substitute popcorn for the cereal and adding a little orange food coloring to the marshmallow butter mixture. 

What kind of popcorn should you use for popcorn balls?


I love making my own popcorn in a pot or a wok. It's a lot easier than you might think, and the kernels are so much bigger. Of course, you could make microwave popcorn too if you prefer. 

For a sweeter popcorn ball, you can also make or purchase kettle corn to make these popcorn balls. If you want to try your hand at homemade kettle corn, just add 1/2 cup of sugar to the pot before popping the corn. 

Halloween Treat Popcorn Balls



I used freshly popped corn that I made in my carbon steel wok. It's a great way to "feed" your wok and maintain its nonstick surface. 

You can also use a 4 to 6 quart sauce pan for making popcorn. It's much easier than you think! 

Popcorn



How to make these popcorn balls:

First, make the popcorn. If you make kettle corn, be sure to stir it after pouring it out of the pan to break up any kernels that are stuck together. It's also a good idea to sift out any unpopped kernels.

Next, melt the butter and marshmallows together in a large pot then and add a few drops of orange food coloring. Once the butter and marshmallows are smooth, mix in the popcorn and stir to coat. Immediately stir in the candy corn and peanuts. 

Finally, spray your hands with spray oil and form the popcorn mixture into balls and then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool completely. 


Popcorn Balls for Halloween



Variations:

While I used candy corn and salted peanuts in these popcorn balls, you can vary the candy and nuts that you use in these. I loved the peanuts in these, but salted cashews, pistachios, or pecans would work too. 

I've used pretzel sticks and candy coated chocolate to make a smaller, cookie-sized, version... perfect no-bake "cookies." 

You can also skip the mix-ins and just sprinkle the formed popcorn balls with different kinds of sprinkles! If you change the food coloring, you can make these popcorn balls for any holiday. 



Halloween Treat Popcorn Balls on plates



To store these popcorn balls, place them in individual bags or they will all stick together. You can use sandwich bags or small cellophane gift bags. 

These popcorn balls are such easy and fun treats, and you have so many options to customize them for any holiday. 



Halloween Treat Popcorn Balls in a bowl




Take a look more spooky Halloween recipes from our #HalloweenTreatsWeek Bloggers today: 

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Halloween Popcorn Ball Recipe

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Halloween Popcorn Ball Recipe
Yield: 12 popcorn balls
Author: Karen Kerr
These Halloween popcorn balls, tossed together with a concoction of melted marshmallows and butter, along with candy corn and peanuts, are super fun to make!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 6 tablespoons popcorn kernels
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 7 ounces (by weight) mini marshmallows
  • 2 to 3 drops orange food coloring
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts
  • Spray oil

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a 4 quart sauce pan or 14 inch wok ove medium heat with 2 to 3 corn kernels in the oil and a lid on the pan, slightly ajar. 
  2. When the 2 to 3 kernels pop, add the rest of the corn kernels. Place the lid back on the pan and turn off the heat for 30 seconds. Shake the pan to coat all of the kernels.
  3. After 30 seconds, turn the heat back on and pop the corn until the popping begins to slow down, about 2 to 3 seconds apart. Turn off the heat and remove the lid. Let the popcorn cool and remove any unpopped kernels. 
  4. In an 8 quart pot, melt the butter. Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted. Stir in the food coloring. 
  5. Remove the pot from the heat and pour the popcorn into the mixture. Toss to coat, and then add the candy corn and peanuts and stir gently to combine. 
  6. Spray your hands with spray oil and form the mixture into 3-inch balls. Place the balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet to cool. 

Calories

251.62

Fat (grams)

12.86

Sat. Fat (grams)

3.31

Carbs (grams)

34.06

Fiber (grams)

1.19

Net carbs

32.87

Sugar (grams)

27.12

Protein (grams)

2.10

Sodium (milligrams)

72.60

Cholesterol (grams)

10.17
popcorn balls, popcorn
Snacks, Halloween
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4 comments:

  1. Such a yummy twist on the classic with the peanuts and candy corn! Yum!

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  2. I haven't had popcorn balls in forever! I love these and they are such a fun idea.

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    1. I haven't had them in forever either Amy. Thanks!

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