So, we just finished up the kiddos Fall Break, and man I am exhausted! Honestly, we had a great time! It was a nice break from the regular routine, and the kids got to make some adventures of their own. We have now settled back into our daily life of schedules, sports practices and games, homework, meal prep…you know the drill.
Now that things have calmed a bit, I noticed something…It is definitely starting to look and feel a lot like Fall around here, and I got a CRAVING! I just had to have some ooey gooey caramel popcorn balls! So, I got to cooking.
These caramel popcorn balls are super easy to make, and they are kid friendly too. So get those little helpers in the kitchen, and make these fantastic treats!
They are a snap to make, and are perfect for a Fall or Halloween party. These are also wonderful for game day as well! I promise you they won’t last long, at least not in my house. 🙂
The ingredient list is short, and the cooking time is quick! This is a win in my book EVERY TIME!
Place a heavy bottomed pot on medium low heat. Now you will need to unwrap all of those caramels. This is a fantastic job for the little ones! Place a stick of butter in the pot, and add the caramels. Everything should be starting to melt.
You don’t want to walk away from the pot at this point. You will need to stir the caramel to get the ingredients mixed well, and this will also prevent any scorching. Burned caramel = YUCKY!
Meanwhile, cook the popcorn according to the directions. Now I am just going to be honest here. Some people swear by doing this the old fashioned way, which is absolutely fine. I have popped my own corn countless times. However, I will let you in on a secret…you can use the microwave kind too! Shhh…don’t tell anyone. 😉
If you are going the microwave route, I would absolutely advise you to use a plain popcorn. I would suggest Pop Secret Homestyle.
Now that the caramel is melted, and the popcorn is ready, it’s time to pour. I know, I know….pick your chin up and wipe off the drool. Doesn’t this look amazing? If I could actually face plant into this, I would!
Mix the caramel and popcorn well.
You will need to line a baking sheet with parchment, or my personal favorite…a Silpat. These things are absolutely amazing. You can do everything with them! I love using them for baking, and they are also fantastic for making candies and chocolate designs. Basically, they absolutely rock, because nothing sticks! I mean, NOTHING! If you want one for yourself, you can buy one here.
Now spread the caramel popcorn goodness onto the baking sheet. This will help the mixture cool just enough, to be able to handle it, to form the popcorn balls.
Now it’s time to grease up! Take a little bit of butter, and grease those hands. This will prevent the caramel from sticking to your hands, and it also adds some extra buttery goodness to the caramel popcorn balls as well!
Grab a handful of popcorn, and form into a ball. This recipe makes about a dozen. There may be just a little extra to make a baker’s dozen. 😉 Allow to set and cool. If your popcorn balls are extra gooey they may take a little longer to hold their shape. Just keep checking back, as you may need to reshape.
Once the popcorn balls have cooled, you can transfer to a platter. You can also add sticks, if that is more your style. My family just likes them the good old fashioned way, one handful at a time! Enjoy! XO
2 11 oz bags Kraft caramels
1 stick unsalted butter, plus some extra at room temp
3/4 cup of uncooked popcorn kernels, or 2 bags Pop Secret Homestyle microwaved popcorn
Melt butter and unwrapped caramels in heavy bottomed pan on media low heat. Once finished popping, place popcorn into a large bowl. Pour melted caramel onto the popcorn. Mix well. Spread caramel popcorn mixture onto lined baking sheet. Grease hands with extra butter. Once caramel popcorn mixture has cooled enough, form into the popcorn balls. Allow to rest. Once popcorn balls have cooled, and are holding their shape, move to a platter. Enjoy!