Halloween Treats – Caramel Popcorn Balls

caramel popcorn balls DIY Homemade Popcorn Balls
3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1-2/3 cups unpopped popcorn
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons butter
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions Makes about 10 popcorn balls
* Add 1 tablespoon of the oil to a 4 quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When oil is hot, add 1/2 cup of popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Place popped corn in oven to keep warm. Repeat until all corn has been popped. Set aside.
* In a medium saucepan with a candy thermometer inserted, combine butter, sugar, and corn syrup. Stir well and bring to boiling over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk; simmer, stirring constantly, until thermometer reads 238 degrees F (114 degrees C). Stir in vanilla.
* Pour caramel over popped corn and stir to coat. Butter hands lightly; shape popcorn into balls about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

Microwave – Caramel Popcorn Balls

3 (3.5 oz) bags natural microwave popcorn popped ** see note
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed

Place popcorn in or 2 large bowl(s)for easier mixing.
In a sauce pan, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup. While stirring, bring mixture to a boil and add condensed milk.
While stirring, bring to a boil again and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and pour over popcorn.
Mix popcorn to even coat with the caramel. Place a big spoonful of popcorn on a piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic wrap over the popcorn and shape into a ball. This makes it easy to shape and covers the caramel popcorn balls.
Repeat with remaining popcorn.

Caramel Popcorn Balls {Another version}
Makes 10 to 12 balls

16 cups plain popped popcorn (do not use buttered popcorn)
1 package (14 ounces) caramels
1/4 cup butter
Pinch of salt
1‑2/3 cups shredded coconut
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
10 to 12 lollipop sticks
Halloween sprinkles and decorations (optional)

DIY Easy
Place popcorn in large bowl.
Place caramels and butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until caramels and butter are melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and coconut. Remove caramel mixture from heat and pour over popcorn. With large wooden spoon, mix until popcorn is evenly coated. Let cool slightly.
Place chocolate chips in microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Microwave on HIGH for additional 30-second intervals until chips are completely melted, stirring after each 30-second interval. Stir until smooth.
When popcorn mixture is cool enough to handle, grease hands with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Shape popcorn mixture into baseball-sized balls; place 1 lollipop stick in each ball. Dip each popcorn ball into melted chocolate and roll in Halloween decorations, if desired. Place on waxed paper until chocolate is set.

Hint Pour melted chocolate over caramel popcorn mixture, mix by hand until popcorn is coated with chocolate. Spread evenly on baking sheet lined with waxed paper until chocolate is set.

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3 responses to “Halloween Treats – Caramel Popcorn Balls

  1. These looks delicious indeed!


  2. Ohhh, thank you for the reminder! This time of year my mother always makes caramel popcorn balls. I make them occasionally, but have yet to establish the annual tradition. Your post urges me to start THIS YEAR!


  3. Man, these sound delicious!


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