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Halloween Popcorn Balls

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  • Homemade caramel popcorn balls are a sweet treat and make a great alternative to store-bought candy. Serve as a party snack or place in festive bags so guests can take them to go – either way, they're sure to be a hit.

Nothing says fun like delicious popcorn balls. Try using orange and black food coloring for a Halloween-hued treat display.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4-6 quarts (16-24 cups) popped corn (make sure to remove unpopped kernels)
  • Black and/or orange food coloring

Preparation

  • Divide popped corn evenly and place each half in a medium-sized, heatproof bowl sprayed with non-stick spray.

  • Combine 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup corn syrup in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.

  • Pour in 1/2 can condensed milk. Return to a boil and let boil for five minutes.

  • Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract and black food coloring.

  • Pour hot caramel over popcorn and stir with a wooden spoon.

  • Grease hands with butter and form mixture into balls.

  • Place formed balls on a non-stick cookie sheet or wax paper to cool.

  • Repeat steps 2-7, using orange food coloring instead of black.

  • Once cooled, stack popcorn balls in a festive bowl or place in Halloween-themed favor bags and tie closed with a ribbon.

Makes 25-30 balls