Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Trick or Treat Popcorn Balls

Trick or treating has always seemed like a strange concept to me. I mean you get dressed up as a scary or otherwise goofy character and then go knock on doors and expect candy? Weird. But, of course I participated as a kid. Probably awkwardly approaching a door, shyly saying thank you, and darting away. However, there were always the "special" houses to look forward to every year. You know the houses that went above and beyond the normal fun size Snickers bar. I vividly remember going to family friend's house that would serve up homemade fried apple pies, popcorn balls, chili and loads of other treats. This was the hot spot house that was always filled to the brim with parents and kids alike every year.  I definitely don't aspire to the greatness of this house but I do think putting a bit of effort goes a long way. Especially, if you're like me and you don't get an absurd amount of trick or treaters. Unlike, my dad who literally gets thousands each year because he lives in a busy neighborhood.

These popcorn balls are so easy that it will look like you slaved like Martha Stewart. 

The great thing about these are you can make them plain, with kettle corn, or add in whatever candies you like. I will say I tried it with the Reese's and the chocolate melted too fast and made a big mess.

Popcorn Balls
Microwave popcorn cooked according to directions
1 bag of marshmallows
1/2 stick of butter
optional: Candy of your choice

Pop your popcorn according to the directions. While the popcorn is cooling start to melt your stick of butter over low heat. Once melted add in the marshmallows and stir until nice and smooth and sticky. The smell is heavenly. Forget pumpkin spice and flannel scented candles. I'll buy stock in butter and marshmallow candles! Listen up, Bath and Body Works. 

Once melted down fold in your popcorn. Fold in quickly to ensure all the popcorn gets coated. 

If you wish--now is the time to fold in the candies. Remove off heat to do this. 

Spray your hands with some cooking spray and start to form the balls.

Let the popcorn balls cool and set for at least 10 minutes. You can wrap them individually in plastic wrap but I bought these cute ghost bags! 

Our trick or treat isn't until tomorrow night so I'm going to have to put them on lock down so I don't eat them all! Do you have your costume ready? Here are some last minute ideas

Do you make a special treat for your trick or treaters?


  1. This brought back a memory of the ONLY time I can remember making popcorn balls in my life and that was with my Grandmother many, many years ago. i don't remember using marshmallows, though. For some reason, I'm thinking Karo syrup, but I could totally be wrong. After all, it was years ago.

  2. I've never had them! I wasn't allowed to eat anything that wasn't store bought and still wrapped. Although, I only trick or treated at houses we knew anyway. But I've never even had one at a party - I need to change that!

  3. They look so good! My mom only took us to houses we knew when we were little so I never got a whole lot haha

  4. These look delish!! Definitely a fun idea if you don't get a lot of kids at your place :) Our favorite house to visit was the guy who worked for Coca-Cola and handed out cans of pop every year haha

  5. This brings back so many memories! My aunt made these every year and it was always my favorite treat.

  6. yummy! i have made these but have never actually eaten them. i need to change that this year!

  7. Great post dear! Have a nice day:)

  8. These look so good! Anything with popcorn, I'm sold!


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