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Sweet and Salty Popcorn Balls

Photo: Antonis Achilleos
Prep time 25 mins
Yield 32 pieces (serving size: 1 ball)
These festive Sweet and Salty Popcorn Balls are not only fun to eat, but cheap and yummy, too! To dress up these party bites, drizzle with melted semi-sweet or white chocolate. 

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 cup popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits such as Heath Bits 'o Brickle
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • Coarse sea salt, optional

Nutrition Information

  • calories 138
  • fat 6 g
  • satfat 3 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 21 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 8 mg
  • sodium 52 mg

How to Make It

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Combine butter, sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until butter has melted. Bring to a boil, add condensed milk and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

  2. Place popcorn in a large bowl. Pour butter mixture over popcorn and stir gently to coat completely. Set aside until mixture has cooled enough so that it's still sticky but won't melt candy, 3 to 5 minutes. Toss in peanuts, toffee bits and white chocolate chips.

  3. When popcorn mixture is cool enough to handle, grease hands with cooking spray or vegetable oil and roll mixture into 2-inch balls (use about 1/4 cup per ball). Place balls on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, if desired. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.