There’s something just so right about popcorn balls and Halloween. The trouble is… they’re sticky and messy. An easy solution — is Halloween Popcorn Ball Squares!
Minutes really, and a delightful treat for young and old alike awaits.
Begin with your favorite popcorn ball recipe (mine is below) but instead of coating your hands with butter or cooking spray and forming them into balls, pour the popcorn mixture into a prepared 13″ x 9″ baking pan, wait for them to set, cut into squares and put a skewer into the center, much like a caramel apple.
Simple, simple, simple — and what a treat! And if you use microwave popcorn, the task becomes ever easier.
6 tablespoons unpopped popcorn kernels (air pop) or…
1 bag microwave buttered popcorn
In large dutch oven, melt over low heat
4 tablespoons butter
And then add
6 ounces mini marshmallows
Stir until completely melted and immediately add popped popcorn to the pan. Continue stirring until the marshmallows are melted and become “cobwebby” — then:
Add your favorite candy and nut combination: we like
1 cup candy corn
1/2 cup peanuts or pecans
Spray with non-stick cooking spray a 13″ x 9″ baking pan.
Immediately after mixing together popcorn, marshmallows, candy, and nuts — pour into the prepared baking pan. Using the back of a spatula or spoon, compress popcorn firmly into the pan until it sticks together. Much like if you were forming balls.
Allow the popcorn to cool and completely set.
Turn popcorn out onto a cutting board — you will then cut into squares. I found that a large serrated knife works great. I also found that by refrigerating the popcorn for 15-20 minutes helped it set more quickly. Insert, if desired, a popsicle stick or wooden skewer.