Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Popcorn Ball Treats

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

I wanted to share my recipe for these quick
and easy Lucky Charms popcorn balls.
They make a festive treat for St. Patrick's Day.

Start off by popping some popcorn. You will need 6 cups of
popped corn. I do this on the stove top. In a large pot place about
1/8" of vegetable oil in a pot. Then add a single layer of kernels.
Turn heat on medium hight and cover the pot with a lid. Once the
corn begins to pop shake the pot a bit. This helps to prevent the corn
from burning. When the popping slows down and you can count
to 2 between pops, remove from heat and remove lid.

Ohhhh the fluffy goodness.
It gets better!

See, told ya!

In a separate pot melt 1/4 cups unsalted butter on low heat.
Once the butter is melted add 4 cups of mini marshmallows
or 40 regular size marshmallows. When the marshmallows are
almost completely melted add 1/4 teaspoon of slat and
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Keep stirring until
everything is smooth.

Add the 6 cups of popcorn and 6 cups of Lucky Charms cereal.
Stir until every piece is covered in the marshmallowy goodness.

Cool mixture slightly and then roll mixture into 3" balls.

This process goes smoothly with lightly buttered hands and a
scoop lightly sprayed with cooking oil.

Aren't these cute!? This recipe makes about 20, 3" balls.

Serve them on popsicle sticks. This will help keep little hands
less sticky.

For passing out, package them up in plastic treat bags.

Decorate and label with a rainbow of baker's twine
found at Whisker Graphics.

Hope your little Leprechauns like them as much
as mine did.