These are fun Halloween treats that have gotten high ratings from my kids personal panel of taste testers. These homemade popcorn balls don’t take long to put together and are perfect to take to a kids’ Halloween party.
Easy Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls
Pop 3-4 quarts of popcorn and set aside.
Stir together an assortment of seasonal candies. You want about 2 cups of candy all together. I used candy corn, Reese Pieces, and Malted Milk Balls.
- 1 c. peanut butter
- 2 ten ounce bags of marshmallows
- 1/2 c. butter
In a giant bowl, stir together popcorn and candy. Slowly pour the hot peanut butter mixture over the popcorn and candy. Stir to coat everything.
Now here’s the part that takes a little bit of planning. Smear your hands with butter. Use a large spoon to scoop some of the hot, sticky mixture out of the bowl. Use your buttered hand to round the top of the popcorn ball and tip onto a cookie sheet. In about two minutes you’ll be able to pick up the still-warm popcorn ball and shape it and pack it. Initially, they’re too hot to do this. Hot peanut butter and marshmallow really BURNS!
OR you can wait a couple of minutes to just shape the popcorn balls with your hands. Your hands still need to be buttered.
My taste testers told me that these popcorn balls need to be about golf-ball-sized because they’re sweet and rich. That’s the perfect amount of flavor and richness…any more is too much.
These popcorn balls will stay soft enough to mold, pull apart, reshape, mold again for about ten minutes. After that, they’ll break.
The Reeses Pieces, candy corn, and malted milk balls add color and flavor to these. I probably won’t include the malted milk balls again. I love malted taste but the chocolate tended to melt right off of them as I worked with the hot mixture.
See? perfectly party-ready!