Recipe for popcorn balls

10 Oct

With the holidays around the corner, the festive baking season begins. This year I will be experimenting with different recipes to create gift plates of treats and goodies to present to our friends and family during holiday get-togethers. If you are on a tight budget this is a great way to stay frugal with your money and no one feels left out. I’m starting off with a popcorn ball recipe.

What you’ll need

Tools:

  • Long handled spoon
  • Deep pot
  • Butter, lard, or oil to grease your hands
  • Saran wrap

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of butter
  • ¼ cup of light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • Good sprinkling of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • ½ bag of M&Ms ≈ about 1 cup
  • Approximately 5 cups of popped popcorn ≈ about 1 ½ bags of popped popcorn

Directions

Pop your popcorn first and allow it to cool.

In a deep pot, combine all of the ingredients except the popcorn and M&Ms. Cook them over a medium – low heat, stirring continually. Once smooth and melted, remove the pot from heat and add the popcorn. After the popcorn has been coated with the mixture fold in your M&Ms.

Now, you can grease your hands to handle and shape your popcorn balls and finally, wrap them in saran wrap to keep them fresh and from drying out.

Variations

Change it up:

  • Holiday or seasonal  M&Ms
  • Chunks of dried fruit
  • Reese’s pieces
  • Nuts
  • Toffee or other candies
  • Different flavorings such as peppermint or coffee
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