Sweet Treats: Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

If you need a quick treat to bring to your Halloween Party tonight, whip up a batch of these! They are so easy and so quick, it’s almost criminal posting this here as some sort of triumph. Seriously, they’re cheap, fast and they look — and taste — awesome!

This is all you need:

  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 1 bag (about 6 cups) popped microwave popcorn
  • 3/4 cups candy corn
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt

To make the the Candy Corn Popcorn Balls, follow these simple instructions (adapted from this recipe at about.com)

  1. Pop popcorn, remove all kernels, and place in large bowl. Add the candy corn to the bowl and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave (approx 30 seconds).
  3. Add marshmallows, microwave for 1 minute more.
  4. Add vanilla extract and salt, mix together until ingredients are smooth and creamy.
  5. Pour over popcorn/candy mix, and stir until everything looks coated and mixed well.
  6. Wait 5 minutes for marshmallow mixture to cool.
  7. After the mixture has cooled a bit, spray your hands with non stick cooking spray and form balls in your hands. Be sure to pack them tightly — if the candy/popcorn is not packed tightly, the balls will fall apart.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or aluminum foil sprayed with non-stick spray) to cool and harden to room temperature.
    *Makes about 6 popcorn balls

I think these took about 15 minutes total to make. I can’t wait to try them again during other holidays with different types of candy. I tripled the above recipe and made approx. 20 popcorn balls.

Have fun!

 

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