I had plans to post something else today. I had been planning on making apple chips for about a month and kept seeing them pop up everywhere on food blogs. I was excited to make them, they are such a fun, healthy snack! I thought they would be perfect to “healthify” your Halloween celebrations.
However, I thought the apple chips fell a little short of what I was expecting. They took 2 hours in the oven to get super crispy, so it’s definitely not a quick snack. You really need to eat them right away, otherwise they get a little soggy, more like dehydrated, than crispy. Also, they were kinda tangy, which probably had a lot to do with the apples I used.
All-in-all, I decided that they wouldn’t be a very good Halloween snack. I haven’t quite given up on apple chips yet though. Have you tried apple chips? What do you like about them?
On to today’s popcorn ball recipe.
I was searching for something that would be somewhat healthy and also a finger snack food for Halloween. I stumbled upon the idea of popcorn balls and thought it was absolutely genius. Really, you can add whatever you want to these popcorn balls to customize them. I made them mini-sized, which is perfect for small hands at a Halloween party or to wrap up and hand out to trick-or-treaters. It’s healthier than any pre-packaged candy bars (you can actually pronounce everything in them!), cheaper, and super tasty!
I made these last night and didn’t get to photograph them til this morning. Even though the hubby was gone for a meeting last night, it was still tough to keep him from eating all of them before I got a photo. (And let’s be honest, I had a hard time keeping my hands out of these too.)
I finally got my act together this morning and started taking photos when baby girl went down for a nap. Just about that time, the men repairing our roof decided to park a huge truck, including a large piece of wood, right in front of the window I use for pictures.
Ahem, don’t they realize I’m busy working in here? I apologize for the late post today; I decided I better not ask them to move their truck for my pictures. I’m pretty sure they would have thought I was absolutely crazy.
Anyway, you need to make these popcorn balls because they are so tasty, inexpensive, easy, and the perfect Halloween snack!
Notes about this recipe:
1. I used natural salted peanut butter, but if you are planning on handing these out to trick-or-treaters (don’t forget to wrap them first!) I would use no stir peanut butter that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Once cooled to room temperature, the popcorn balls are still a little soft (if using natural peanut butter) if they are not cold. Keep them in the fridge before a party if you’re bringing them as an appetizer.
- 3 Tablespoons peanut oil
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels (or you can use 10 cups popped popcorn)
- 6 Tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 6 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
- In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add 3 or 4 popcorn kernels. Once kernels pop, add the rest of the popcorn kernels, cover the pan and remove from heat. Count 30 seconds.
- Place pot back on the heat, leaving lid slightly ajar to allow steam to escape. Kernels should begin popping soon, and all at once. Once kernels begin popping, lightly shake pot back and forth over the burner. Once popped, remove immediately to a bowl. Salt to taste. Allow popcorn to cool.
- Add chocolate chips to bowl with popcorn and give a gentle stir.
- In a small saucepan, combine honey and peanut butter. Heat over medium until mixture starts bubbling. Pour over popcorn mixture and stir with a spatula to thoroughly coat. (This may take several minutes of stirring.)
- Prepare a bowl with ice water and lay out a sheet of wax paper (or parchment paper) on the counter. Dip your hands in ice water before rolling popcorn into balls. Place popcorn balls on wax paper to cool and harden. (You may need to dip your hands in the water every or every other popcorn ball.)