For every family holiday, I somehow end up being in charge of bringing some sort of sweet or dessert! Not that I'm complaining, but I tend to run out of ideas for different desserts fairly quickly. Lucky for me, I got chosen to bring the sweet for Easter this year, so I wanted to really branch out from the usual cookies and cupcakes. I actually decided to try out making popcorn balls! I'm glad I did too because they turned out so yummy! :) Here's the recipe I used - which I just skewed the typical rice krispie treat recipe a bit!
What you Need:
6 cups - kettle corn or caramel corn popcorn (pre-popped)
5 cups - mini marshmallows
3 tbsp - butter
Cute little Easter sprinkles
Makes 20 - 22 one inch popcorn balls
When making this recipe, you want to make sure you use pre-popped kettle corn or caramel corn popcorn. I tried to pop my own popcorn and use that, but there were too many kernels to take care of, and the popcorn disintegrated from the hot marshmallow. :(
Once you have all the ingredients ready to go, you want to melt your butter in a saucepan on low heat. As you wait for the butter to melt, go ahead and measure out your popcorn into a large bowl. You will also want to crush the popcorn until it is 1/2 large pieces as well as 1/2 smaller pieces. This will help the popcorn form into a ball easier.
Next, you will add the 5 cups of marshmallows after the butter completely melts. Be sure to constantly stir the marshmallows once in the pan with the butter because it will burn easily. The marshmallows and butter should combine nicely and form a very ooey-gooey mixture.
You will then pour the mixture over your popcorn and mix the two together. The sprinkles make a great addition at this point to be mixed in as well. Once everything is combined, pour it over a sheet of parchment paper to allow it to cool down and become a less sticky mess. ;)
When cooled, you want to break pieces off the mixture and begin rolling them into one inch balls. (Quick tip: spray your hands with non-cooking spray to keep the marshmallow from sticking to your hands!) This mixture should create about 20-22 one inch popcorn balls!
I hope you enjoy your new treat and the holiday! Happy Easter, y'all! :)