Kitchen Sink Popcorn Balls

Sweet and gooey, crunchy and buttery, these Kitchen Sink Popcorn Balls are studded with the quintessential Halloween treat, candy corn. These colorful dessert or snack balls are perfect for giving as fun candy gifts.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 20
 

Ingredients

12
cups popped popcorn
2
cups trail mix (nuts and chocolate)
1
cup candy corn, chopped
3/4
cup butter, cut into pieces
1
cup light corn syrup
1/2
cup packed brown sugar
1/2
cup granulated sugar
1/2
teaspoon salt

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Steps

  • 1 In large bowl, mix popcorn, trail mix and candy corn; set aside.
  • 2 In 4-quart saucepan, heat butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, without stirring, to 234°F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water. Remove from heat. Pour over popcorn mixture; stir with wooden spoon until well coated. Cool slightly.
  • 3 Dip hands into cold water. Shape mixture into 20 (3-inch) balls, using 1/2 cup for each. Place on waxed paper; cool. Wrap popcorn balls individually in plastic wrap, or place in plastic bags and tie with ribbon or raffia.
  • 1 In large bowl, mix popcorn, trail mix and candy corn; set aside.
  • 2 In 4-quart saucepan, heat butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, without stirring, to 234°F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into cup of very cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water. Remove from heat. Pour over popcorn mixture; stir with wooden spoon until well coated. Cool slightly.
  • 3 Dip hands into cold water. Shape mixture into 20 (3-inch) balls, using 1/2 cup for each. Place on waxed paper; cool. Wrap popcorn balls individually in plastic wrap, or place in plastic bags and tie with ribbon or raffia.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Let shaping the popcorn balls be a fun activity for kids, with a little adult supervision.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
294
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
12%
(Saturated Fat
6g,
6%
),
Sodium
162mg
162%;
Total Carbohydrate
46g
46%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
),
Protein
3g
3%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.