Nutella Popcorn Balls
Happy Halloween! I was brainstorming about Halloween and fall treats that weren’t so heavy in calories, and my mother-in-law reminded me of popcorn balls. It’s a treat she loved to make and eat as a child. So I thought I would revamp the classic popcorn ball into this more modern and fun treat.
Halloween is such a fun time of year and making treats with the family is one of my favorite things to do! My kids love to cook together, it’s the one time that they actually get along!
How do you Make Popcorn Balls?
Making popcorn balls is so easy! Just pop a bunch of popcorn and add a sticky mixture like I’ve done in this recipe and ball them up. The secret is to use latex food safe gloves so your hands don’t get too dirty!
Popcorn Balls without Corn Syrup
These popcorn balls do not have corn syrup, instead they use honey. Be sure to choose a local honey if possible. You’ll love the taste!
Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls
This recipe is very close to my mother-in-law’s recipe which she inherited from her mom who inherited it from her Aunt Sally, So I’d say they are definitely old fashioned!
Healthy Popcorn Balls
Now these popcorn balls aren’t all that healthy, but they are healthier than some other Halloween treats! You can use your imagination and make them with different nut butters too like peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter.
This recipe would be perfect to make for a Halloween party or get-together. Get the halloween themed cupcake liners and cute little flags at your local craft store or on Amazon.com.
This recipe also appeared on Babble’s Family Kitchen.
Yield: Serves 4
Nutella Popcorn Balls
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons Nutella, or chocolate peanut butter
3 tablespoons butter
12 cups popped popcorn
Latex or vinyl gloves (to protect hands from hot, sticky candy while forming balls)
1. Pop popcorn. Combine sugar, honey, Nutella, and butter in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it boils. Cook until mixture reaches hard ball stage, 250 – 266 degrees.
2. Combine popcorn and hot Nutella mixture in a large bowl. Mix well with a spoon. Butter gloved hands well. Form popcorn balls in hands, pressing popcorn together and squeezing balls so that the popcorn sticks together.
3. Let cool completely on cookie sheet or in cupcake liners as shown.