These Popcorn Ball Monsters are a very tasty and easy treat, and to make it suitable for Halloween, we’ve added little candy eyes to turn simple popcorn balls into cute monsters. We used orange and purple sprinkles to give it a little bit of extra color, but you can add any type of sprinkles, mini candy or mini chocolates. We thought about adding mini chocolate chips to it, but since we weren’t sure how that would turn out when we incorporate them into the hot mixture. We decided to stick with the sprinkles to be safe.
Since this recipe requires some stove time, please be present at all times. Depending on the child’s age, it is your decision to let them mix on the stove, or just participate in forming the popcorn balls and adding the eyes. To glue the eyes, we melted a small amount of chocolate and used it to place the candy eyes on the shaped popcorn balls.
Helga & Kitty
Popcorn Ball Monsters
Based on Everyday Food’s Test Kitchen Video
Makes: 12 popcorn balls
2 bags of natural flavored popcorn, neutral (about 12 cups of popped corn)
¼ cup of brown sugar
10-oz. of miniature marshmallows
½ stick of butter, plus more for buttering your hands to form balls
Miniature candy or sprinkles
- In a large pot, over medium heat, melt butter. Add brown sugar and let it melt together with the butter for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the marshmallows, and stirring constantly let them melt.
- Remove the pot from the heat, and add the popped corn mixing well to evenly coat the entire amount with the marshmallow mixture.
- Quickly add the chosen candy, add the amount you want.
- Spread a bit of butter onto your hands, grab a small amount to start forming the popcorn balls, about the size of a tennis ball.
- Place the popcorn balls on a cookie sheet or baking rack to cool, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt about 1 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate, and carefully use it as glue to put candy eyes on each popcorn ball. Let the chocolate set before serving, it will only take a few minutes.
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