Frugal Foodie Mama: Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Candy Corn Popcorn Krispie Balls

Okay, 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 coming up with this idea.  ;)  I decided to add them 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 complain about that?? ;)

What you will need:
1 cup of unpopped popcorn
Butter or oil for popping your popcorn
1 cup candy corn, chopped
3 cups of mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups of rice krispies
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/4 tsp salt

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 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 stir 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.  Continue the 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.  This recipe makes about 10-12 popcorn balls.

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