Many people, regardless of their age, like Halloween foods that feature creepy crawlies and the ghoulish items. The problem is that ghoulish or icky, isn’t always appropriate. The most versatile snack I’ve found that fits this bill is popcorn balls. You add all sorts of flavors and you can “dress” them up with gross creepy crawlies for older people or fun items appropriate for the younger children.
These Halloween Popcorn Balls are perfect for any Halloween celebration.
Halloween Popcorn Balls Ingredients
3 cups brown sugar
3 cups corn syrup
3 sticks butter (1 ½ cups)
3 teaspoon salt
3 cups popcorn kernels, popped
Makes approximately 36 small popcorn balls
Halloween Popcorn Balls Directions
In a large pot over medium heat, add a small amount of oil. Add 1 cup
and about 1 cup unpopped popcorn kernels. As popping begins, listen to the speed of the kernel pops. When the speed slows to about 2-3 seconds between pops, popcorn should be ready, but please note this is only an estimate! Do not allow popcorn to burn. Repeat twice more or until you have about 48 cups of popped corn.
Note: Pour popcorn into a large bowl. If you do not have a bowl large enough, you can thoroughly clean & dry your kitchen sink, lay a saucer over the hole and use it.
Sift through popcorn to remove any unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bowl.
Using the same pan you popped the corn in, add the brown sugar and corn syrup.Next add the butter and salt. Bring to a simmer; continue simmering for about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and slowly pour over popcorn. Using a large spoon, stir until all popcorn is well coated.
Once popcorn has cooled enough to handle, shape into balls with your hands, pressing tight to ensure they stay together. Decorate with candy corn, candy sprinkles, gummy worms, etc.
Note: Adding candies into the mix doesn’t work well as the waxy candy coating tends to make the popcorn balls break apart.