“Sixth Birthday Bash”
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The popcorn balls you had prior to this were laden with candies and made at one of those specialty shops that specializes in chocolates and giant caramel apples. But we also have a big love for popcorn in this house. You guys especially love the kettle corn at farmers markets. So it was very apt to begin this birthday bash menu with these popcorn balls. The recipe originally came from ashleemarie.com but I ran out of sugar after making the cake and the cupcakes so I threw in coconut sugar and adjusted the amounts. It worked! They were gooey and sticky but that was great with the hot apple cider we served them with. So nice for a fall afternoon and great for a fall birthday.
Coconut Caramel Popcorn Balls
Serves 6-8 within a seven course meal
8 Cups Freshly Popped Popcorn
1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Karo Syrup
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Coconut Sugar
1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla
If you’ve got a popcorn popper, great. If not, then simply add a tablespoon of oil (I use coconut oil) to a heavy bottom pan and add 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels. Cover the pan and keep moving it over medium high heat. Its a workout so if you’re weak then go get a popcorn popping machine and then go do some bicep curls with cans of beans. The kernels will pop and once they start to have about a two seconds of space between popping take the pan off the heat. You should have enough popcorn. Measure out the eight cups of popcorn and put them into a large bowl with enough space for mixing.
Now, in a sauce pan heat the butter, syrup and sugars and stir with a wooden spoon until they become a sticky ball. Once again, a workout. There’s no way to bypass the workout here. Add the condensed milk and vanilla and heat for a minute or so. Then pour this sticky goo over the popcorn and mix. Spray some nonstick cooking spray on your hands or use some coconut oil and then form the balls from the popcorn. Let them cool down and harden. Enjoy…