Popcorn is one of the all-time favorite snacks. Kraft Caramel Popcorn Balls are easy to make, liked by kids and disappear in an instunt. Regular caramel popcorn is used to make this recipe. This recipe is easy to distribute to the children. Put Popcorn Balls in little wax paper sandwich bags to keep them safe. Caramel Popcorn Balls are the safe and age-old tradition. Most people are still reluctant to hand out homemade treats like caramel popcorn balls.
Caramel Popcorn Balls:
- 10 cups of popcorn
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 bag of Kraft caramel pieces (about 25 – 30)
- A dash of salt
- extra butter for greasing up hands
Take a large bowl, place the popcorn in it. Take a medium saucepan, place caramel pieces, butter, water, salt and put it over a medium-high heat, and melt the caramel. Mix it continually with a silicone spatula to keep it from burning on the bottom of the pan. Slowly put the melted caramel mixture into the bowl with the use of two large forks, keep tossing the popcorn like a salad. When the caramel has been incorporated into the popcorn, take a large piece of butter and rub it all over your hands to make them nice and buttery.
Now you are allowed to shape the balls without the popcorn sticking to your hands. It also adds a nice coating of butter to the popcorn that adds tremendously to the flavor, but is not enough to make them greasy. Pick up a handful of the popcorn mixture and shape it into a ball. Press lightly to shape them into spheres. You should have plenty of time to do this before all the popcorn cools, as when warm it will shape easily, but if you leave it to cool first, you will have a tough time shaping it into balls. Now this recipe is ready to eat, serve and enjoy it.
Caramel Graham Popcorn Balls:
- 32 Kraft Caramels
- 2 qt. (8 cups) popped popcorn
- 2 Tbsp. Water
- 2 Tbsp. Multi-colored sprinkles
- 16 Honey Maid Honey Grahams, coarsely broken (about 2 cups pieces)
Take a saucepan, place caramels in it. Add water and cook on low heat until caramels are completely melted, mix it occasionally. Take a large bowl, Mix popcorn with graham pieces and sprinkle in it. Drizzle with caramel mixture; toss to coat. Cool slightly. Take mixture and shape popcorn mixture evenly into 12 balls. Cool completely. Wrap in colored plastic wrap; tie closed with ribbon. Store it at room temperature up to 1 week.
Classic Molasses Popcorn Balls Recipe:
- 1 C. granulated sugar
- 1/4 C. molasses
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 3/4 C. light corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 8 quarts (1 gallon) popped popcorn, unpopped kernels removed
Take a heavy saucepan, put sugar, corn syrup, molasses, butter, and salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook over medium for about 3 1/2 minutes. Put mixture over popcorn and mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula. Make popcorn balls with greased hands. Let them to cool on greased baking sheets or waxed paper.
Kraft Kitchens Tips
- Use your microwave
- Place caramels and water in microwavable bowl to melt the caramels in the microwave, put caramels and water in microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 2 to 3 minutes or until caramels are completely melted, stirring every minute.
Tips on How to Make Popcorn Balls
- Keep a bowl of cold water handy to cool your hands if hot popcorn mixture starts to burn.
- If using add-ins, add them after you combine the popcorn and caramel-syrup recipe of your choice. Stir well, then form into balls.
- It is easiest to form popcorn balls while mixture is hot– get helpers to make the process move along quickly.
- Resist the urge to over-pack your popcorn balls. Tightly packed popcorn balls are hard and not very tasty.
- Taking out the unpopped kernels is key– unless you want to break a tooth. An easy way to do this is to use your hands to scoop the popped popcorn into another container. All of the unpopped corns will fall to the bottom.
- For colored popcorn balls, pour a few drops of food coloring into the caramel or marshmallow mixture before adding to popcorn. Make the color brighter than you need, as the pale-colored popcorn will dilute any coloring.
Popcorn Ball Recipe Decorations and Add-Ins:
Popcorn balls can be decorated for any occasion: Halloween, Christmas, birthdays… you name it.
Popcorn Ball Decoration Ideas:
- Food coloring for colored popcorn balls
- Edible glitter
- Candies, such as candy corns, jelly beans, red hots, etc.
- Black licorice for “spider legs”
- Melted white, milk, or dark chocolate (drizzled)
- Melted peanut butter or butterscotch chips (drizzled)
- Gummy “body parts”
- Gummy worms
Popcorn Ball Add-ins:
- Nuts (peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, etc.)
- Chocolate or white chocolate chips
- Peanut butter or butterscotch chips
- Mini or regular M&M’s
- Graham cracker pieces
- Dried fruit
- Toffee bits
- Melted peanut butter (add to caramel/marshmallow mixture)
- Cocoa powder or baking chocolate (add to caramel/marshmallow mixture)
- Sweetened flaked coconut
- Alternative flavoring extracts: coconut, almond, rum, maple, peppermint, etc.