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Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls
SERVES
8
CHILL TIME
5 Min
COOK TIME
3 Min

Crunchy, sticky, sweet...this recipe for Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls has got it all! It's sure to please everyone at your Halloween party, from the gourmands to the sugar-happy kids!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (3.5-ounce) bag plain or butter-flavored microwave popcorn
  • 2 cups apple-cinnamon-flavored cereal rings
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apples
  • 1 (14-ounce) package caramels, about 48, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 non-toxic wooden craft sticks

What to Do

  1. Pop popcorn according to package directions. Carefully open bag and pour 6 cups popcorn into a large bowl; discard unpopped kernels. Enjoy remaining popcorn separately. Add cereal and dried apples to bowl with popcorn.
     
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave the caramels, water and butter, uncovered, on HIGH (100% power) for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, or until melted and smooth, stirring every minute. Mix in the cinnamon then pour over the popcorn mixture; stir until evenly coated. Let cool for 5 minutes.
     
  3. With lightly buttered hands, shape mixture into balls around each craft stick. Place on lightly buttered wax paper to set and cool.

 

Tip

Feel free to decorate these with seasonal candies and sprinkles then wrap each in plastic or cellophane wrap and tie with a ribbon for fun treats.


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