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Best Ever Popcorn Balls
October 22, 2010

This is the ideal popcorn ball recipe because it is so adaptable. I've made the recipe as-is, and everyone loves it. Vanilla for a bit of extra flavor is nice, but what really makes this recipe a keeper is how many ways you can add to it. For example, my daughter and I made popcorn balls for her Girl Scout troop. Since it's almost Halloween, we added food coloring to the sugar mixture to turn the popcorn balls orange. We also stirred roasted peanuts, candy corn, and M&Ms into the popcorn. By adding a pretzel stick "stem," we had yummy popcorn ball pumpkins! We've made them for Christmas using holiday M&Ms, too. The kids love them, and even the grown ups can't resist. I pop the popcorn in a plain brown bag in the microwave with no oil or salt. About 1 cup of kernels makes enough for these popcorn balls, a little less if you're adding other candies or snacks to the mix. Using rubber gloves sprayed with Pam makes shaping the balls simple, and they set up on wax paper at room temperature pretty quickly. Individually wrapped and tied with ribbon, they are great for gifts or bake sales. Have fun!

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