All Hallows Eve approaches. Little ghouls and goblins and witches and Star Wars characters emerge from the dark for tricks and treats. All across America, children on sugar highs terrorize their parents and siblings.
Yes, Halloween is here again.
As a child, I remember making popcorn balls with my mother for a Halloween party. Sitting on a kitchen stool, I shaped the sticky popcorn into rather irregularly shaped balls, stopping to eat stray pieces of popcorn when my mom wasn’t looking. Popcorn balls are perfect for making with children. Once the adult stirs together the popcorn mixture, all that is left is the ooey, gooey fun of making shapes.
Recipe: Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
- 1/2 stick butter + more for forming the balls
- 1 bag (10 ounces) marshmallows
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- orange food coloring (optional)
- 12 cups popped popcorn
- candy corn for decorating
- In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and marshmallows together, stirring constantly.
- Stir in the maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt, until incorporated.
- If using, add enough food coloring to make the mixture orange.
- Place the popcorn into a large bowl.
- Pour the candy corn onto a flat surface.
- Pour the melted marshmallow over the popcorn, gently stir to coat with the marshmallow.
- Rub butter onto clean hands, then form the balls into the size you like. To prevent sticking, reapply a little butter after each ball is formed.
- Roll the balls in the candy corn, and gently press the candy into the popcorn balls.
- Place the finished popcorn balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment so the balls do not stick.
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 5 minute(s)
Copyright © Cheryl D Lee.