Gummy Worm Popcorn Balls are a great way to celebrate Halloween. They are perfect for your Halloween party or fun after-school treats for the kids. Come on in and I’ll share this recipe with you…
Halloween Popcorn Balls
Popcorn balls used to be a Halloween tradition. My grandma made them every year. There is just something delicious about the combination of popcorn and sweet marshmallows.
People don’t make popcorn balls as frequently as they used to. They used to be given out at Halloween. Sweet little old ladies would make them by the dozens, wrap them and give them out.
Now, everyone is so worried about accepting homemade food from strangers. It’s kind of a dying recipe. I understand the precaution needed when strangers are involved, but let’s keep the old popcorn ball tradition alive. Make them for your loved ones.
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Here’s the recipe for these Halloween Popcorn Balls…
Gummy Worm Popcorn Balls | Kid Friendly Things To Do
- candy thermometer
- 10 cups popcorn popped
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Pop the popcorn and keep it warm in the oven
- In a heavy saucepan, add the sugar, water, and salt
- Use the candy thermometer to check the boiling temperature
- Bring the pot to a boil, making sure everything is mixed and dissolved, let the ingredients boil until it reaches 235 degrees, which is the soft-ball stage
- Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla – mix in
- Pour over warmed popcorn
- Add the gummy worm to the top of the mixture
- Shape popcorn into 3 inch balls
- *you can wash hands in cold water to prevent the popcorn balls from sticking to you
- To keep the popcorn balls fresh and maintain their shape – Wrap easch on in wax paper and secure with a Halloween ribbon
- The gummy worms and the grease from the butter may cause the popcorn balls to pull apart – just let the mixture cool off some more and reshape.
- If the popcorn balls will not hold – add worms to the top of the popcorn balls and wrap in wax paper to help it hold it’s shape