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Wednesday
Oct272010

Popcorn balls

I have such fond memories of Halloween from my youth. There is something so magical and special about thoroughly enjoying holidays as a child. And I find it crazy how the little things that I enjoyed thirty years ago still give me butterflies.

Like popcorn balls!

Every time I see a popcorn ball, I think of those magical Halloweens where my mother would make me the most elaborate costumes and where trick-or-treating was safe and tons of fun and where I would load up on candy and devour it until cavities formed before my eyes.

One year when I was about eight, after coming home from a successful trick-or-treating adventure in our neighborhood, pillowcase full of sugared loot, my mom and her then boyfriend suggested I change my costume and do another round to get even more candy. Whoa, more candy? Sign me up. So I threw off my purple crayon costume and put on a scary mask and went through the neighborhood a second time. Hey, my mom suggested it! That must mean it was ok, right? 

Those are the things I will never forget. I hope to make holidays as special for my boys as my mom always made them for me.

I digress!

This is such a super simple, delicious recipe, and your kids will remember eating these Halloween treats when they are a hundred years old!

First, pop some popcorn. 1/3 cup of unpopped popcorn makes exactly what you will need for this recipe, about 12 cups popped. Set popcorn aside in a large bowl.

In a saucepan over Medium heat, combine:

3/4 cup light corn syrup

1/4 cup margarine

2 teaspoons cold water

2 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1 cup marshmallows

Continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil.

Pour the mixture into the bowl with the popcorn. With a large spoon, carefully and gently move the popcorn around in the bowl until each kernel is coated. 

By this time, the mixture should be cooled enough to touch. Grease your hands with butter or shortening and form the coated popcorn into balls. Wrap with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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