Homemade Popcorn Balls
Everyone loves popcorn balls. My daughter’s favorite is the kind that are made with marshmallows. If you don’t have the time to roll them into balls you can just press them into a pan the way you would rice crispy treats and cut into squares.
Don’t think that popcorn balls are only for Halloween, either. You can use popcorn balls for any holiday by coloring them with food coloring or adding some of the different variations to them. (See below)*
Popcorn balls are great fun for birthday parties, hay rides, and snacks for the kids on Thanksgiving (snacks for big and little kids, especially who don’t want pumpkin pie!)
Making popcorn balls is also another great way to use some of that candy you can get on sale after Halloween.
*For different variations on your popcorn balls, add extras like:
- Red Hots ( Valentines or the 4th of July)
- Spice drops (Christmas or winter parties)
- Candy canes, crushed (Christmas)
- Jelly beans (Easter)
- Peanuts (nuts are really good when making the caramel corn)
- Candy corns (Halloween)
- Sprinkles ( birthday parties or any that match the colors of the different holidays)
- M and M’s
- Or any other types of candies
(Make regular popcorn balls or add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla to make them taste like caramel corn.)
6 Tbsp. butter
5 cups marshmallows
4 qts. popped popcorn*
In a large pan, melt the butter (now is when you add the brown sugar and vanilla if you want to use it), add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Add popcorn (and candies or nuts) and stir until coated. Butter your hands. Roll mixture into balls. Set on wax paper or press into a 9×13 buttered pan. Store in an air tight container or individually wrap in plastic wrap.
*1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn equals 4 quarts popped popcorn.
I dump the popcorn on a clean table and put it back into the bowl by handfuls making sure to leave all the old maids (unpopped popcorn) on the table to throw away (or if you are like me, to eat– I love to eat the burnt ones).
photo by: bkgoddard