Happiness Project:#73: Birthday Candy Popcorn Balls!

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It’s official. My beautiful Little Girl is now THREE! And although it makes me sad (because every year seems to go by faster), I can’t say enough of how proud I am with who this loving, affectionate, joyful, determined and feisty Little Girl of mine is becoming. Beyond with how she saves me, day in and day out, her unique light of being sparks up around her, no matter where she is or who she’s with. She’s my little firecracker. And yet, in many ways, nothing like me. Which I absolutely adore about her. I have a sneaky suspicion, that this Mischief Maker of mine will move mountains one day. Though she already does such, in my heart.

To celebrate the 3 years that my family & friends have been blessed with her presence, there was (obviously) a grand party in celebration. With Paw Patrol, Bubble Guppies, bubble wands, puppy masks, vanilla cupcakes, sprinkle marshmallow pops and these ridiculously tasty Candy Popcorn Balls! Which were gobbled up, by the kids and adults alike, and raved about as soon as they found their tabletop destination. And are incredibly easy (& wonderfully messy) to create! Because you all know how much I LOVE all things messy! Ha.

Here’s all you need:

1 baking sheet, covered with parchment paper

1 bag of fully popped unsalted, unbuttered popcorn

3 tablespoons salted butter, plus another half cup of softened butter (for greasing your hands)

2 cups mini marshmallows

Your favorite small candies (in this case, my daughter’s favorite candy: M&M’s)

*1 cup crushed pretzels (optional)

Firstly, pop that bag of popcorn. Sift through the bag of popcorn for any unpopped kernels to discard. Pour into a large bowl. Add in the candy and pretzels (if using). Mix well.

To create the marshmallow glue, heat up the 3 tablespoons of butter and marshmallows, in a medium sized pot, over medium-high heat. While the butter and marshmallows are melting, stir them both together, until both are fully melted. Remove from the stovetop.

Pour the marshmallow glue over the bowl of popcorn candy. Using your hands, mix everything very well, so that all of the popcorn is covered and sticky.

Now, the really, REALLY messy part! Which is kinda the best part, in my opinion. Lightly grease both your hands with a dab of the reserved, softened butter. Gently scoop out a small chunk of the well mixed popcorn, and firmly press into a 2 to 3 inch round ball. Place the still warm popcorn ball onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Grease both of your hands again before continuing on to creating the next popcorn ball. Please note: between each popcorn ball, grease your hands well. In order for the balls to keep their shape (& for all of those ingredients to stick together), shaping them in the palms of your buttered hands will essentially bind up the balls good & tight. Repeat this step until you’ve created 24-30 small popcorn balls.

Once all of those balls are created, pop the pan with that 2 dozen or so of them, into the fridge to chill, until ready to serve. And by serve, I really mean, disappear. All you need to do is turn your back for a few minutes and POOF, they’re GONE! Trust me. It’s a fairly satisfying thing to experience.

Much THANKS to my fellow blogger friend, over at Crafty Cooking Mama, for the recipe inspiration! Her Candy Corn Popcorn Balls look PERFECT for Fall parties!

 

Happiness Project: #54: Birthday Candy Popcorn!

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Birthdays! HUZZAH for Birthdays! Up until I became a Mother of my beautiful 2 year old Daughter, I was always very C’est la vie about celebrating another birthday. But thanks to the love that I have with my Baby Girl, my heart has changed, in every way that matters most. Especially, when it comes to birthdays. Because, yes, mommyhood truly DOES change all.

So for my one & only Daughter’s 2nd birthday earlier this month, besides creating a Vanilla Strawberry Cake with a side of Funfetti Minnie Mouse Cupcakes, I also threw together some Candy Popcorn for all of the kiddos at her Minnie Mouse themed party. With Sprinkles. And Chocolate Chips. And maybe a little bit of white chocolate candy melts. Because movie time is always made better with popcorn AND candy, right? Right! And the best thing about this super FUN popcorn recipe? It’s quite possibly the SIMPLEST recipe that a busy parent can hope for. Which is beyond (beyond) wonderful! Believe me. I know. Oh, and did I almost forget to mention, it’s very versatile, as well? It is! Ready for some Pop-tastic (ha!) Party Food?? Look no further!

2 bags of sea salt popcorn (non-buttered!)

1 (8oz) bag of white chocolate or vanilla flavored candy melts

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup rainbow jimmies or sprinkles

*OR add in whatever small candies that you or your kiddo(s) prefer! M&M’s? Hershey’s Kisses? Butterfinger Bars (crushed up)?You name it! Hence the versatility!*

Pop the 2 bags of popcorn according to the bagged instructions. Place the popped popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.

Heat up the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl, in two to three 20 seconds intervals, strirring in between each 20 second interval, until smooth and fully melted.

Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the bowl of popcorn. Then layer with both cups of the chocolate chips and sprinkles.

While the melted chocolate is still warm, with a rubber spatula, gently stir the chocolate and candies into the popcorn, making sure to toss the popcorn at the bottom of the bowl until fully coated.

AND serve! In all of it’s gooey, messy, joyful yumminess!

So. SO. Easy.

And perfect for every little pair of hands within your family. Or any adult child at heart ❤

“Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.”

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