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Monster Munch Popcorn Balls

 

Popcorn balls.

Do they conjure up images of poor little Charlie Brown for you like they do for me?

All I can think about is Charlie trick-or-treating with his group of friends in his hole-y sheet saying, “I got a rock.”

Whoever had the idea of creating popcorn balls obviously hated their dentist with a sadistic, sugary passion.

Anyone who can throw together popcorn, marshmallow, and other candy junk together in one hard-to-eat ball must have been seeking some kind of insane revenge. Perhaps for years of braces where they were prohibited from eating anything delicious (here’s looking at you, taffy).

I can attest to that. I was the worst braces-wearer ever (don’t tell my mom).

First of all, I’m a psycho-gum-chewer (in that I LOVE gum obsessively and must have it pretty much at all times) and could not give up gum to spare my future-straight teeth. And when it came to parting ways with caramel, licorice, or gummies, my fragile heart couldn’t bear it and I caved. Multiple times. Same goes with popcorn.

In a way, these Monster Munch Popcorn Balls are like an homage to ex-braces-wearers or dentist-haters everywhere. It’s like giving dental work the middle finger, if said middle finger was a popcorn ball the size of your face. And smothered with marshmallow. But you understand.

Just.. don’t hate me if you break a filling.

Monster Munch Popcorn Balls

About 8 cups popped kettle corn (can substitute regular air-popped popcorn), stray kernels removed
1/4 cup butter
1 pkg miniature marshmallows
About 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
About 1 cup candy corn
About 1 cup candy corn (white chocolate) M&M’s

1. Gently toss together the kettle corn, peanuts, candy corn and M&M’s together in a very large bowl. Set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted and gooey. Pour the hot mallow mixture over the popcorn mixture, and toss gently to combine and thoroughly coat.
3. Working quickly (the key here!!) and with greased hands, grab handfuls of the popcorn mixture and gently yet tightly form them into compact balls, about 3-4″ in size. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
4. Allow the popcorn balls to set–about 30 minutes at room temperature–before packaging. Store airtight to keep fresh.
**Notes: You MUST work very quickly with this, because when the marshmallow cools, the mixture won’t stick together. 
**Make sure your hands are greased well (I used cooking spray) in between forming the popcorn balls. 
**You may need to reform some of the popcorn balls as they may start to slightly fall apart while you’re working; that’s okay, just gently form them back to a round shape to keep them compact. They’ll cool and dry that way.**

I was so surprised at how easy it was to make these popcorn balls! Besides the sticky marshmallow goo (which, let’s get real, is awesome), it was super simple and everyone at my mom’s work loved them. Plus, fun fact: candy corn + honey roasted peanuts taste just like a PayDay. So while these popcorn balls lacked caramel, the combination of flavors added a fun, caramel-y twist to these treats!

Enjoy!!

xo, Hayley

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Comments

  1. I was an ideal braces wearer….I have always been afraid of breaking the rules, lol. The first thing I requested after they came off was corn on the cob. My parents would cut it off the cob for me, but it was never the same. My son gets his off in about a month and he’s excited that he will have them off by Thanksgiving and he has a pack of watermelon hubba bubba stashed in his room for when they are gone, lol.

  2. Oh, the days of wearing braces. . .pretty sure I broke every rule they gave, especially when it came to gum and caramels! Once again, Hayley, you have come up with a super fun treat!

  3. My teeth hate you but my taste buds love you.
    “I got a rock.” LOL. I love Charlie Brown ;)

  4. ohhh how fun are these! i love mushing everything together with marshmallow!! it just makes treats that much more fun to eat :)

  5. Well, I was a model braces wearer…but the retainer that I’m *still* supposed to be wearing? Um, not so much. I LOVE popcorn balls! Back when I was a kid, we had a neighbor who gave out homemade popcorn balls on Halloween–pretty much the best thing ever. Until these, ’cause they have candy corn!!

  6. I totally chewed gum throughout 4 years of braces. It’s ridiculous that anyone thought I’d give it up. I’m a chronic gum chewer!! lol

  7. I had braces for almost five years and I didnt give up popcorn or gum. My orthodontist hated me! haha. These popcorn balls would be a perfect holiday gift and delicious one too.

  8. I was also an obsessive gum chewer growing up. These look so perfect for holiday parties!

  9. Oh, I looooove these. I don’t remember missing things when I had braces, but boy. I kinda miss stuff now that Jordan can’t eat it, lol. :)

  10. I think that we must have been seperated at birth! Other than I am like a million years older than you. I hated my braces so much and I was such a horrible braces wearer that my teeth are actually crooked again!! Cheers to the Popcorn Balls! I am planning on making some this halloween for the kiddies! I might just have to use your recipe!

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