Companies sure know my type –the type that buys holiday themed sprinkles and cookie cutters for every holiday. Instead of rolling out cookie dough and decorating Halloween themed cookies I decided to use these fun sprinkles in a quicker and easier recipe. One that can be mixed up quickly, still allows the kiddos to participate, and can be done in less than 30 minutes. Popcorn balls are the answer!
Popcorn balls are a total throwback to my younger days. I can remember them being dyed orange to look like little pumpkins. The kiddos wanted to help roll the popcorn balls so I skipped the orange dye and went with festive Halloween themed sprinkles instead. You could also stir in 1 cup of M&M’s or Reeces Pieces, nuts, dried fruit, etc. the options are limitless.
Wearing rubber gloves helps protect little hands from the heat of the marshmallow mixture. An adult should mix the butter and marshmallows together. An adult or older child can stir the popcorn and marshmallow mixture together and children of all ages can form the popcorn balls once it has cooled slightly.
12 cups popcorn
1/2 cup butter
10 ounces mini marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
1 cup mix-ins, optional
1. In a large bowl measure out 12 cups of popcorn. Set aside.
2. In a large pot melt butter and marshmallows over low heat. Stir frequently.
3. Once marshmallows are completely melted turn off heat and stir in vanilla extract (optional) vanilla will cause the mixture to bubble up slightly so be careful
4. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn stir to combine. Stir in any mix-ins now. Allow mixture to cool slightly before forming into popcorn balls.