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Candy Corn-Peanut Popcorn Balls with Marshmallow Coating

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Did you know that October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month? I had no idea until I saw it mentioned somewhere on the net. That got me thinking about making some popcorn balls! I found this recipe at About.com that sounded good. I decided to try it with peanuts added in, since they had tasted so good in the Candy Corn “PayDay” Mix I had made a several weeks ago. Yum! These popcorn balls are very easy to make, so this is a great recipe to start out with if you’ve never made popcorn balls before. It’s a great treat for kids and adults–who wouldn’t like munching on a fun popcorn ball like this?

CANDY CORN-PEANUT POPCORN BALLS with MARSHMALLOW COATING by NancyCreative, adapted from About.com

Makes 12 to 14 popcorn balls

  • 12 cups plain or light butter popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups candy corn
  • 2/3 cup dry roasted peanuts (or you can use salted cocktail peanuts)
  • 1/2 stick (4 Tablespoons) butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spraying the lining with nonstick cooking spray.

In a very large bowl, mix together the popped popcorn, candy corn, and peanuts; set aside.

In medium microwave-safe bowl, melt butter for 30 to 45 seconds. Add the marshmallows and microwave an additional 90 seconds to melt them and stir, blending them with the butter (the marshmallows may not look melted, but they will liquefy when you stir them). After blending butter and marshmallows well, then add vanilla and salt, and stir until everthing is well-mixed.

Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn-candy corn-peanut mixture, and stir until everything is thoroughly combined. Allow mixture to sit for a minute so the hot marshmallow mixture can cool slightly. Note: if some of the candy corn and peanuts are collecting at the bottom of the bowl, you can work those in as you’re forming the popcorn balls.

Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and scoop up a handful of popcorn. Press it firmly between your hands, forming a ball shape. It’s kind of like making a firmly-packed snowball! Make sure your popcorn balls are all compact; loosely formed popcorn balls fall apart easily. If the balls aren’t sticking together, allow the mixture to cool for another minute; they should hold together better then.

Place popcorn balls on the prepared baking sheet and allow them to firm up at room temperature. Store popcorn balls in an airtight container in a cool, dry room.

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These popcorn balls would be great any time of year–just leave out the candy corn and add some extra peanuts to the mix! Have you ever made any popcorn balls?

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Chex®icago Party Mix

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My friend Sylvia made this Chex®icago Party Mix for a holiday open house. I could not stop eating it! I like the Original Chex® Party Mix, but this is a nice change. It’s called Chex®icago Party Mix because it’s inspired by the sweet and salty caramel-and-cheese popcorn combination that’s popular in Chicago. I started eating popcorn that way about ten years ago, and had no idea it was a favorite Chicago treat! I really like the sweet and salty (and cheesy) combination of flavors, so I have to say that Chicagoans have great taste when it comes to snacks! Now thanks to Sylvia, we all know about it! 🙂  This recipe makes 24 (1/2) cup servings.

CHEX®ICAGO PARTY MIX adapted from Chex® Mix

  • 3 cups Corn Chex® cereal
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex® cereal
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chex® cereal (Sylvia substituted Cocoa Puffs® cereal)
  • 2 cups bite-size square cheese crackers (like Cheez-It® crackers)
  • 3 cups cheese popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar or molasses (the molasses gives you a heavier, darker caramel coating)
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

In large microwavable bowl, mix together cereals, 1 cup of the cheese crackers, and 2 cups of the popcorn; set aside.

Place butter, brown sugar (or molasses), corn syrup, and salt in a 2-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave on High for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave on High again until mixture bubbles. Remove from microwave and stir in baking soda. Mixture will foam, but keep stirring until baking soda is dissolved. Pour over the cereal mixture and stir until fully coated.

Microwave this coated mixture on High 4 to 5 minutes, stirring after every minute. Spread on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper. Let cool about 5 minutes to let caramel fully harden. Stir in remaining 1 cup cheese crackers and 1 cup cheese popcorn, and then it’s ready to serve!

This would be a great snack to serve for the holidays…and perfect for any football game-watching party!

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