Halloween Popcorn Balls

Halloween Popcorn Balls #hallowwen #gf #glutenfree #treatsWhen I was little we didn’t have a neighborhood to trick or treat in. Instead my parents drove us around to all their friend’s houses.  I remember the Jeep wrangler that my father had at the time, cherry red with a hard top for the winter. For some reason I always see that Jeep when I think of trick or treating.  Most houses that we’d stop at had the expected candy in a plastic jack’o lantern. At those stops it was more about showing off our costumes and having a photo taken.  One house though, the one that I looked forward to every year, had homemade popcorn balls to give out. I remember that delicious sugary but salty chewy popcorn goodness.  I wish I could remember how they were wrapped-I think in wax paper but I can’t be sure so many years later.  What I do know is that they’ve made me have a soft spot for popcorn balls ever since.

Popcorn-balls-ingredientsTo make these homemade popcorn balls, I freshly popped this popcorn in my Whirley Pop with just a bit of coconut oil.  It’s about 12 cups of popcorn as I did snack on a few kernels.  I couldn’t resist.

Popcorn-balls-peanut-butterI used brown rice syrup for sweetener in this mixture. You could always use corn syrup but I like the idea of brown rice syrup.  I also couldn’t resist peanut butter as the other ingredient in the coating.  If you were bringing it to a school or for those with a peanut allergy you could use sunbutter or  almond butter. Popcorn-balls-mix

Coat the popcorn thoroughly-you don’t want a bare kernel!  You might want to use spatulas to do so until the peanut butter mixture cools a bit.  Then dampen your hands in cool water so the mixture doesn’t stick to your hands.  Then take a scoop of popcorn in your hands and press it into a ball. You can make them as big as a softball or as teeny as a fig. It all just depends on what you want to do with them. I think small little popcorn balls would be an addictively delicious snack. But I’m partial to a baseball sized popcorn ball just enough for about four bites.

Popcorn-balls-madeI know halloween food scares and food allergies, homemade treats can’t be given out to trick or treaters. But I’d love to serve a great big bowl of these at a party. They’d be a fun favor for a party too.

Halloween Popcorn Balls

Ingredients

  • 12 cups of freshly popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup of brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions

  1. Over medium low heat combine the brown rice syrup, peanut butter, and sea salt.
  2. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until melted.
  3. Keep stirring the mixture so it doesn't burn.
  4. Pour over popcorn and stir to coat the popcorn with the peanut butter mixture.
  5. Lay out a foot of wax paper.
  6. Wet your hands, take a handful of popcorn, and roll into a compact ball.
  7. Place finished popcorn balls on the wax paper.
  8. For giving popcorn balls away wrap each individually in saran wrap and secure ends with tape or ribbon.

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