I love popcorn and I LOVE popcorn balls! I wanted to come up with fun Patriotic popcorn balls to share on the blog and I’m going to share the results here today! I gathered a bit of inspiration to begin my project and I was hoping it would all work out because I had never attempted this exact method before. So…
Here’s my inspiration:
Now for the recipe. I prefer to leave the marshmallows to rice crispies and use a sugar/karo recipe for my popcorn. I also don’t like popping popcorn or dealing with kernels so I prefer to use a store bought gourmet popcorn. I love this brand of kettlecorn and wanted to try it with my recipe.
Here are the results of the mystery popcorn balls!
Here is the recipe for the Popcorn Balls which I named after my Star Star Spangled Banner print…
“STAR SPANGLED POPS”
Star Spangled Pops
- 9 cups popcorn
- 4 TBS Butter
- 1/3 cup Karo syrup
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cup sugar or 3/4 if using Kettlecorn
- 1 tsp salt only if using unsalted popcorn
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Optional "Patriotic" toppings:
- Red & Blue sprinkles
- Red & Blue candy melts
- 2 pkgs Red Pop Rocks (Strawberry Watermelon, Cherry)
- 12 straws or lollipop sticks. Tulle twine, or ribbon for decor on sticks
- Spray or grease a large bowl and put popcorn in it
- In a heavy saucepan:
- Slowly melt butter, then over med high heat add in next 4 ingredients and stir until dissolved and it reaches a rolling boil. continue to stir and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Pour mixture over popcorn and mix thoroughly.
- To form popcorn balls, dip your hands in ice water and form 12 firm medium size balls.
- Decor: Sprinkle popcorn balls with Red & Blue sprinkles
- Place sticks with ribbon decor in each popcorn ball
- Melt chocolate in decorator bag or plastic tube and drizzle over top of popcorn balls
- When chocolate has cooled but not completely hardened, sprinkle some Pop Rocks over the very top of the popcorn balls for a "surprise" at the end of of your treat! (I used appx 1 pkg. per 6 popcorn balls
Now for the results… The kettlecorn made it pretty sweet, so I adjusted the recipe accordingly. I was afraid the Pop Rocks wouldn’t work, that they would lose their fizz but they were actually my favorite part! It was a great surprise getting to those patches of popping fun! My little star Ry Guy gave these popcorn balls the taste test.
Here are the results…
If you are interested in making them and using a printable sign to go with them, you can down load this print I used in my photos.
I sure had fun with this patriotic sweet treat!
To pick up the free printables of the Star Spangled Banner which was my popcorn balls inspiration head——->> HERE!