Thursday, October 3, 2013

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

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I shared this post last year as a guest over at Summer's blog, Crosbie Crew, and thought I would do a repost this year over here in case you missed it. These are simple treats that are sure to be a big hit with anyone, and only take minutes to make. I even provided you with an awesome little set of gift tags to print out and attach that will surely make you look like you spent all day making these bad boys. 
One thing that comes with having a big family, is having lots of friends. My kids like to give their friends gifts during the holidays, but we have to carefully watch how we spend to make sure we don't go over budget. Some of the most inexpensive gifts can be food treats, so we tend to make a lot of them. This super simple recipe for marshmallow popcorn balls, is a take on two of our favorite fall treats... Rice Krispie Treats and popcorn balls. Hope you enjoy!

 
Marshmallow Popcorn Balls


You will need:
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 10 oz. bag of marshmallows (or 4 cups of mini marshmallows)
  • 1 regular size bag of microwave popcorn; popped, cooled, and unpopped kernels removed
  • Sprinkles of your choice

Melt the butter on medium low heat and starting to caramelize. Add the marshmallows and heat on low until completely melted. Remove from heat and add the entire bag of popcorn and stir. Pour into a bowl and let cool. Once the mixture has cooled, divide mixture into equal amounts and mold into balls approximately the size of a baseball. Shake or roll on sprinkles to finish them off.


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The actual recipe is very similar to the recipe for Rice Krispie Treats, except you replace the cereal with popcorn, and I like to let my butter caramelize a bit. You can use any style of popcorn, such as homestyle or butter. I prefer the butter just because I love the salty sweet favor combo.


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To give these as gifts, you will need large lollipop bags and any type of festive ribbon that can be found at craft stores. You may think that the sticky marshmallow may stick to the bags, but it actually doesn't. Place the marshmallow popcorn balls in the bags and tie off with a ribbon, and that's it. You can even add a fun little gift tag. I have created some below for you to enjoy.

Right click and save to computer. For personal use only!



I would love to hear if you try this marshmallow popcorn ball recipe or how you use these gift tags. Be sure to stop back by and let me know!


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