Easy Peasy Popcorn Balls

FFor years, my mom used to come over on Halloween to bring popcorn balls and caramel apples for our kids before they left to go Trick or Treating. Of course, I usually had half of them eaten by the time they kids got home. This year, I decided to make popcorn balls. I remember thinking that when my kids are grown and have kids of their own, I will have all the time in the world to continue the tradition of making caramel apples and popcorn balls. Well, I have to admit it has taken me….well, lets put it this way, our oldest grandchild is 17 today and this is the first year I have made popcorn balls. The sad thing is, Jaden will already be gone with his friends to head to downtown Phoenix to go to a Haunted House. Well, I hope when he gets down there with his friends, he will think to himself, “oh man, what am I doing here, I could be home having a popcorn ball that my Nana made me?” That will show the little whipper snapper. Who knows, it might be another 17 years before I attempt making them again. Maybe Jaden’s kids will enjoy them. Surely I will have more time then to make Halloween treats. Before I post the recipe, I have a concern that I need to share. A concern and a question. If any of you out there are missing a teaspoon, would you please private message me. Don’t embarrass me by commenting on here that you wondered what happened to that 8th spoon that goes with your dinnerware. It happened yesterday at church, of all places.
There I was sitting at a table with 8 other ladies at Bible Study when I reached in my purse for a pen to write down things that would be worth remembering when I looked at something shiny laying across my wallet in the middle of my purse. I pulled it out and lo and behold, it was a teaspoon. Of course, the ladies all laughed and said “my goodness, do you have a liquid med in there that you have to take at a certain time?” I laughed and said yes. I didn’t want them to know that maybe I was either getting alzheimer’s or I was becoming a kleptomaniac and then had alzheimer’s and didn’t remember stealing it from someone’s home,department store or restaurant. I have never seen this spoon in my life. The only thing I could think of was the possibility that maybe when we went to a top notch restaurant with friends who visited us last week from California, maybe a spoon fell off the table and into my purse? Or maybe, I stole it from Dillards when I walked through the home department. Honestly, I don’t have a clue. If an alarm goes off the next time I walk into the department store I’m going to assume the later.
So, before I forget the recipe or feel an urge to go “shopping” for dinnerware that matches the spoon in my purse, here is the recipe for the Popcorn Balls….

In case I am arrested for stealing a beautiful spoon, maybe one of you might bring me one of the delicious popcorn balls next Halloween, and maybe a curling iron and diet dr pepper!

3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 teas water
2 5/8 cup powdered sugar
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 teas vanilla
5 its plain popped popcorn
1 cup plain M&M’s

*I added orange gel coloring to the mixture before pouring it over the popcorn

In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, butter, cold water, powdered sugar and marshmallows. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Add the food coloring and vanilla at this time and stir until mixture is the color you have added.
Grease hands with oil, butter or shortening and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls before it cools. Wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

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