My family loves popcorn. We eat at least one bag of instant popcorn or a patch of air popped popcorn each week. My husband loves his with lots of butter; I like mine lightly buttered with some salt; my boys and one of my Jack Russell Terriers will eat any popcorn I offer them. It’s fun to add a cinnamon-sugar mixture or parmesan cheese to change the flavor.
I was sent a “Perfect Pop Corn Party” package which included 2 Good Cook bowls, 2 2-packages of Good Cook clips, 1 box of 3-packages of Jolly Time Blast-O-Butter popcorn, a plastic popcorn baller, and an informational book about Jolly Time containing recipes. I’m telling you about this party package because you can win your own on the Jolly Time Facebook page by simply clicking Like. There will be 1,000 instant winners who could win a “Perfect Pop Corn Party” package, cash, or Jolly Time Pop Corn.
Photo Credit Belongs to Summer, Jolly Time Popcorn Logo belongs to Jolly Time
With my popcorn I made popcorn balls. I love popcorn balls; they are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. One thing I did that didn’t work, however, was I tried rolling the balls in an orange sugar. I don’t think this worked for coloring. Jolly Time recommended using Vegetable based food coloring to dye the marshmallow before adding it to the popcorn to make balls and I think this would be the best idea, just FYI.
To make my popcorn balls cute I made ones which would fit the Halloween, Thanksgiving , and harvest scene – Pumpkin Pop Corn Balls. I will be altering my recipe for you to use the dye, so your orange should be darker than my picture. If you make these now (post Halloween) sneak into your child’s candy stash and find some of the green candies to make a stem, leaves, or vines; great candies for this include Mike-n-Ike’s, Punch licorice, or Laffy Taffy.
Pumpkin Pop Corn Balls Recipe
12 cups popped Jolly Time Pop Corn
¼ cup butter
10 ounces of marshmallow
vegetable food coloring (orange, or red and yellow)
1. Pop two bags of your favorite Jolly Time Pop Corn. Allow the popcorn to cool so you can weed through and remove unpopped and half-popped kernels. Place 12 cups of popcorn into a large bowl or pan. Set aside.
2. In a heavy saucepan, heat butter and marshmallow on low heat, stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Add drops of food coloring to the marshmallow mix and stir until the color is blended and your desired shade of orange.
3. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and stir until popcorn is well coated.
4. Press into balls using the Jolly Time Pop Corn Ball Maker, or butter your hands and shape as you wish into pumpkins. Add green candy(s) to the top to make stem, vines, and leaves.
I shaped my balls with my hands so that they were uniquely shaped like pumpkins. What will you make these cute little Jolly Time Pop Corn balls for? These are great for party favors, school parties, and dessert for the kids (and kids at heart) at Thanksgiving dinner.
Summer is very active in our Local MOMS Club chapter, she is the mother of two adorable active boys, and is always thinking of ways to help others. She is a friend, a wife, and always busy as all mommies are. She is very active on Facebook, addicted to Geocaching and very interested in organic and green living while cooking up a storm.