A fast and fun fall treat

October 27, 2016

Hi, fashionistas! I hope you brought your appetite!

Today's post is a quick and simple recipe for a yummy, and classic, fall treat.

I was recently invited to a potluck and couldn't decide what to make, until I came across this easy popcorn ball recipe!

I was a little leery at first; I've never eaten a popcorn ball, much less made one. But the recipe seemed doable and screamed "halloween" to me, so I decided to give it a shot. Good thing I did- these snacks were a hit at the party!

Keep reading to learn how you can make your own popcorn balls...

1/2 cup butter
4 cups marshmallows  (I used mini ones!)
8 cups popcorn, no butter, popped (I used a pre-popped bag of sea salt popcorn from Target)
1 package M&M's candies, harvest colors blend
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Let's cook!
1 | Place M&M’s in freezer for at least 15 minutes to firm before using.
2 | Melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows. Stir constantly until marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat immediately.
3 | Fill a large bowl with popcorn. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and fold gently with a spatula.
4 | Add M&M’s, continuing to fold to mix evenly.
5 | Grease a cookie sheet or plastic cutting board. Apply a thin layer of oil or cooking spray to your hands and grab a small handful of the popcorn mixture. Gently form into a ball and place on the cookie sheet. Repeat for the rest of the mixture.
6 | Place popcorn balls into the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to set.
7 | Melt semisweet chocolate chips. Spoon into a resealable plastic bag.
8 | Snip the corner of the bag to create a piping spout. Drizzle evenly over the popcorn balls.
9 | Return to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to set chocolate.
10 | Share with your besties and enjoy! 

This recipe was as easy as it sounds, and a lot of fun! Here are a few of my suggestions: 1 | If the marshmallow/butter mixture appears too oily after melting, add in another handful of marshmallows to thicken it up. 2 | Using the pre-popped popcorn definitely makes this recipe even easier. 3 | The harvest blend M&M's will really make this snack appear more "fall like." 4 | And finally, use folded out cupcake liners to hold the popcorn balls.

The ingredients only made about 8-10 popcorn balls, so if you're looking to make more, I would suggest making them a little smaller. Mine were about the size of a baseball, and I wish I had made them a tad smaller.

Okay, it's your turn! Go get poppin'! 

Trick or treat,

(Original recipe from Tasty)

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