Snack Mix Popcorn Balls

Snack Mix Popcorn Balls

I am addicted to my Snack Mix Popcorn Balls. I have already made two batches of them and will be making my third. They are a great sweet and salty snack.

Making popcorn balls is pretty easy if you follow the directions properly. I used three bags of Jolly Time light butter microwave popcorn for my recipe. While the popcorn was in the microwave, I broke up extra thin pretzels into pieces to make two cups. I hand scooped all the popcorn into a big bowl making sure to remove the uncooked kernels and checking the bowl for any I might of missed. Then I got another big bowl and layered the popcorn and pretzel pieces together.

Next step was making the sugar mixture on the stove top. I added the ingredients to the saucepan over medium heat. I cooked it until soft ball stage around 240F, checking with my candy thermometer. Once it reached soft ball stage, I took it off the stove and poured it over the popcorn/pretzel mix. The sugar mixture is obviously very hot so I used a big long spoon to stir. I quickly stirred the mixture until the popcorn was mostly coated and stirred in the M&M’s. Once the mixture was mixed, I scooped it into my Good Cook Popcorn Baller. I pressed the top on to compact the popcorn and form the ball shape. It makes each ball look nice and uniform shaped.

I choose to let the balls sit out to cool instead of wrapping each popcorn ball in plastic wrap right away. I usually group the balls in large gallon size plastic bags and place on the counter for us to enjoy. The Snack Mix Popcorn Balls are a great snack and would make a nice Halloween treat.

Snack Mix Popcorn Balls

Yield: 12 large balls

Snack Mix Popcorn Balls

Ingredients

1/3 cup light corn syrup

1 cup confectioners' sugar

1/2 cup marshmallows

2 tablespoon margarine

2 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 bags microwave popcorn

2 cups thin pretzel pieces

1 cup candy coated chocolate pieces

Instructions

  1. Cook popcorn in microwave. Scoop popcorn into a large bowl, making sure to remove uncooked kernels.
  2. In another large bowl, layer popcorn and pretzel pieces. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine corn syrup, confectioners' sugar, marshmallows, margarine, water and vanilla extract. Cook and stir until mixture reaches soft ball stage around 240F.
  4. Pour hot sugar mixture over popcorn/ pretzel mix.
  5. Quickly stir to coat the popcorn. Stir the chocolate pieces into the mixture.
  6. Grease hands or popcorn baller. Quickly shape the popcorn mixture into balls before it cools.
  7. Wrap balls in plastic wrap.
  8. Enjoy!
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