Saturday, October 27, 2012

Popcorn Balls

I love popcorn balls!
The ones you buy in the store (esp around Halloween) just don't do it. They are dry, crumbly, and blah.
This is so incredibly simple to make, and you can add in anything you want to make it yours.
Some suggestions

  • Candies
  • Toffee
  • Cranberries
  • Nuts
After this mixture is made, it is too hot to touch. I used spray butter on my hands, pulled some, put it on a wire rack for a few seconds, and it cooled down enough for me to shape them into a ball.

Darling daughter had the time of her life eating all the "leftovers" in the pan.
Come to find out, a friend of mine had never had one! I gave him some...need to remember to ask him what he thought!

Popcorn Balls

¼ cup (half stick) unsalted butter, plus more for buttering hands
1 package (10 oz) miniature marshmallows
¼ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3 quarts popped popcorn
1 cup dried cranberries, or English toffee bits, optional

  1. Melt butter in large heavy pot over low heat. Add marshmallows and brown sugar and stir until melted.
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Pour popcorn and any add ins, into pot, toss well.
  4. With buttered hands, shape into 2 ½ inch balls. Set on parchment lined baking sheet to dry slightly.

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