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Halloween Popcorn Balls

They're creepy and they're kooky

Mysterious and spooky

They're all together ooky

The Addams family…

Okay, so these POPCORN BALLS are not particularly spooky, but will they pass as kooky? Here’s a fun fact, Charles Addams, the creator of the Addams family, was from Westfield, New Jersey, where I currently live, and where Donata lived before she moved to Berlin. Needless to say, this town has a lotta' love for Mr. Addams, with Addams Tavern being a favorite watering hole (with great food too!) and the AddamsFest, an annual event celebrating all things spooky. It’s great fun, the store windows are painted, there’s a house decorating contest, and there’s even a drive-thru Halloween trail at the park this year to keep things socially distant. All things to get even the biggest Halloween scrooge into the spirit (mwa-ha-ha…)

But back to the Popcorn Balls, they definitely fall into the childhood memory category for me. I love that you can decorate them according to the season, your mood or your cravings! I love a little salty with my sweet, so I’ve added pretzel balls (a new find, so cute!), candy corn and Reese’s pieces candy. These are just as much fun to make as they are to eat! Have a great weekend, friends, two weeks ’til the big day!

xoxo Kirsty

Ingredients for 12-14 popcorn balls

  • 8 cups (approximately 65g) popped popcorn, we like to use salted popcorn

  • 1 large handful Reese’s pieces or m&m candy

  • 1 large handful candy corn or other festive candies

  • 1 large handful pretzel balls or pretzel pieces

  • 3 cups (90g) mini marshmallows

  • 1/4 cup (60g) butter

  • 8oz (225g) semi sweet chocolate, chopped and melted

  • Assorted sprinkles

Combine the popcorn, Reese’s pieces, candy corn and pretzels in a large bowl.

Prepare a baking sheet with a sheet of waxed paper or another non-stick lining. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and add the marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows melt. Whilst hot, pour the melted marshmallows over the bowl of popcorn and stir well to combine. You’ll end up with a big sticky bowl of goodness which is half the fun!

Dab a bit of oil onto clean hands and rub together. Use a spoon to scoop heaps of the mixture out, form into round balls, pressing together. Place on the prepared baking sheet to set for at least an hour.

Melt the chocolate in a small bowl. You could either dip the balls in the chocolate to cover the bottom half, or drizzle them with chocolate, or both! Decorate with sprinkles immediately and set aside again to harden. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.

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