Frugal Foodie Mama: Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls

These sweet & salty Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls are the perfect easy to make treat for a fall or Halloween celebration...
These sweet & salty Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls are the perfect easy to make treat for a fall or Halloween celebration.

Post updated 10/25/17- These perfect for Halloween Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls deserved some updated photos. I did leave one of the originals below just so you all can see for yourself why this recipe so desperately needed a little face lift. ;)

These sweet & salty Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls are the perfect easy to make treat for a fall or Halloween celebration.
Original photo from my 2012 post

Okay, so I am a HUGE fan of the combination of sweet and salty. I came up with the idea for my Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls one day while I was eating popcorn and at the same time popping in a handful of candy corn here and there. I started thinking, how fun would it be to make a popcorn ball with candy corn in it? 

The Krispies were not part of my original thought process when I was coming up with this idea. I decided to add them in as I was making my concoction and realized my popcorn mixture was a bit too wet and I was out of popped popcorn. A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, right? It ended up making a popcorn ball that has a touch of rice krispie treat taste to it. And who would possibly complain about that?? ;)

These sweet & salty Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls are the perfect easy to make treat for a fall or Halloween celebration.
You could whip a couple of batches of these popcorn krispie balls to wrap up and hand out at a classroom Halloween party or to give out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween evening. Or do like I do, and just keep this sweet & salty goodness all to yourself. Totally up to you. ;)

These sweet & salty Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls are the perfect easy to make treat for a fall or Halloween celebration.

If you want to up the sweet & salty factor even more in these addictive popcorn balls, use microwave kettle corn in this recipe. I did when making them again for these updated photos & loved how the flavor turned out when using the kettle corn instead. 

These sweet & salty Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls are the perfect easy to make treat for a fall or Halloween celebration.

Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls
by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
Ingredients (10-12 popcorn balls)
  • 3 oz. bag of microwave popcorn, popped or 1 cup of unpopped popcorn (if using the stovetop method or a popcorn popper)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups of mini marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cups of rice krispies cereal
  • 1 cup candy corn
Instructions
Pop your popcorn using your method of preference.

In a dutch oven, melt together the butter, corn syrup, and salt over medium heat. Once melted, add in the mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are completely melted.
Remove the marshmallow mixture from the heat, and mix in the popped popcorn and rice krispies. Quickly fold in the candy corn.

Allow the mixture to cool slightly, until you are able to safely handle it. When cooled enough, spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray. Grab a large handful of the popcorn mixture and form it into a ball. Place on a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper. Continue this same process until you have used up all of mixture. You may need to spray your hands one or two more times during the process.

Allow the popcorn balls to cool completely and then store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Enjoy!

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How cute are these?  And perfect for a Halloween party too!  

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