Honey Popcorn Balls

Honey Popcorn Balls ~ Pearls + Girls

I have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE dressing up the kiddos and carving jack o’lanterns.  I could do without the haunted houses and the sugar highs though.  I had a terrifying experience at a haunted prison in college, and I’m pretty sure it scarred me for life.  Luckily my kids are still little and more interested in happy pumpkins and friendly witches than mummies and escaped convicts.  As for the sugar highs….what’s with all the AirHeads and Tootsie Rolls in the candy buckets this year?  They must have been on sale or something, but the dang things are way too chewy for my kids to eat and frankly, they hurt my teeth and give me a headache. Wah, wah, wah, I know, I’m a candy snob.  We’ve acquired a LARGE bowl of goodies from our Halloween outings last weekend, and I’m proud to say that I threw most of it away (and put aside a few of the Butterfingers for me, hehehehehe). 🙂

Halloween Girls ~ Pearls + Girls

Looking for a Halloween treat not laden with a ton of artificial gunk?  My mini popcorn balls are made with air popped popcorn and naturally sweetened with honey.  They also happen to be the perfect portion size for little witches, ghosts and goblins!  Drizzle with a bit of  dark chocolate and sprinkle with some festive sprinkles for an impressive addition to any boo-tiful Halloween dessert table.  Enjoy! 🙂

Honey Popcorn Balls

Yield: about 3 dozen mini popcorn balls

Ingredients

  • 20 cups air popped popcorn (about 1 cup of kernels)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate melting wafers (I use the Ghirardelli brand)
  • Halloween sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a roasting pan with foil.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat melt the butter.
  4. Add the honey and salt. Stir constantly for 2 minutes. The mixture should be bubbling.
  5. Add the vanilla and pour over the popcorn. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula to ensure all the popcorn is well coated with the honey mixture.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  7. Using buttered hands, form the popcorn into balls and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet.
  8. Add a popsicle stick to each ball.
  9. Tip: You need to work quickly or the honey coating will harden and make it really difficult to form the popcorn into balls. If necessary, pop the roasting pan back into the oven for a few minutes to soften the popcorn, then continue forming the balls.
  10. Drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with Halloween themed sprinkles.
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