Who doesn't like Popcorn! These delicious and easy to make treats are a hit with
the kids and adults alike and they make great holiday gifts or snacks.
The other day, I made with my toddler some old fashioned Buckeye Peanut Butter Balls. This was a recipe that My grandma always use to make with us. It brought me back to when I was little and my grandma always had us in the kitchen helping her, sharing with us her time and recipes.
This quality time I had with her in the kitchen is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am now hoping to build those memories with my own daughters in the kitchen. These memories and quality time cannot be replaced with gifts, and they will never forget, just as I have not with my grandma!
Popcorn Balls are another cherished recipe that my mom use to make with me and my sister. There are many different ways you can actually make them. There are many different add ins you can do according to what you like. I have listed some things below to give you some ideas.
I have listed a basic recipes below. I like this recipe because it does not use the normal corn syrup, Molasses, lots of Sugar Etc....and if you want to do any add ins just stir them in after you add the marshmallows.
Do not pack your popcorn balls to tightly, it will make them hard and not very good to eat. If you want colored popcorn balls, just add a couple drops of food coloring of the desired color to your hot mix, before you add the popcorn, and stir in completely. Make it a little darker because the color will dilute.
Start making memories with your children in the kitchen today. A gift you cannot buy. I would love to hear from you! Enjoy~
Easy Marshmallow Popcorn Balls
24 Cups of Popped Popcorn-remove un-popped kernels
1lb Bag of Mini Marshmallows
1/2 Cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Real Butter
- Melt Butter, in large saucepan, over medium heat
- Add in Brown Sugar stir until dissolved
- Add in marshmallows, stir constantly so it does not burn and they are completely melted
- (Now is when you would add any add-in's or food coloring) stir well
- Pour Mixture over popped popcorn in large bowl with wooden spatula
- Grease hands and form 2-3" balls-or you can make mini balls
- Place balls onto waxed paper or greased cookie sheet to cool
*Wrap them individually in colored or regular saran wrap with a ribbon or bow tie for gifts.
*You can also place short skewer sticks through them to serve like individual treats.
Add In Ideas:
- Food Coloring
- Edible Glitter
- Chocolate Chips
- Butterscotch Chips
- Peanut Butter Chips
- Peppermint Chocolate Pieces
- Butterfinger pieces
- Dried Fruit
- Toffee bits
- Any kind of nut: Walnuts, Almonds, Peanuts Etc.
- Melted Peanut Butter
- Cocoa Powder
- Any flavored extract like: Peppermint, Almond, Rum Etc.
The list is endless....