I love this time of year…the weather is pleasantly brisk, the smell of hot apple cider is wafting from the kitchen…mmmmm…pure bliss! This is also about the time that I start thinking about what kind of treats I’m going to make for everyone – my children’s classmates, my friends and family members – like I said…it’s my favorite time of year – I hand goodies out to everyone! Plus, my daughter’s birthday is the day before Halloween, so right about now is when we start planning for a fantastic costume birthday party – and of course, we have a table loaded with treats there too!
I’m always looking for some fun treats to make – something totally SpOoKtAcUlAr! During the next few weeks, I’ll try to bring you some fun – and totally ghoulish – treats that you too can make for your Halloween festivities!
Perfect for a Halloween party, these dressed-up popcorn balls can be made in advance, or let the kids make them during the party. If using microwave popcorn, choose a low-salt or salt-free variety.
12 cups popped corn (about one 6-oz. package microwave popcorn)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
4 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
16 gummi worms (about 6 oz.)
In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave the butter on High until melted, about 45 seconds. Add the marshmallows and stir to coat. Microwave on High until the marshmallows start to melt and look puffy, about 1 1/2 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and cocoa powder and toss to mix. Set aside.
Stir together the melted marshmallows and butter until smooth. Pour the warm marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and stir to coat the popcorn evenly.
Using well-buttered hands, scoop up a handful of the popcorn and shape into a baseball-size ball, pressing firmly. Pull apart 2 openings in the ball and place a gummy worm inside each opening, letting the worms’ heads and some parts of their bodies peek through. Close the ball and press firmly to seal the worms inside. Repeat with the remaining popcorn and worms. Roll the balls in the cookie-crumb mixture until roughly coated.
Eat immediately, or wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 2 days. Makes 8 popcorn balls.
Candy Corn Variation: Skip the cookie crumbs and gummy worms. Tint the melted marshmallow mixture with orange food coloring. Mix a big handful of candy corn into the popcorn with the marshmallow mixture and form into balls as directed.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kids Parties, by Lisa Atwood (Oxmoor House, 2008).
Nicole is the owner of Lil Boo & Co. and is the contributing writer for all the Tasty Tuesdays here on Chester County Moms.