Bacon Rum Salted Caramel Popcorn Balls or Marshmallow Popcorn Pretzel Balls…

Bacon Rum Salted Caramel Popcorn Balls or Marshmallow Popcorn Pretzel Balls?

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 Tbs butter
1 1/2 teaspoons Rum or Maple extract

2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
8 cups popped popcorn
6 pieces cooked bacon, chopped.
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Combine sugars and corn syrup with 1/3 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugars dissolve. Once mixture has reached 240degrees F, remove from the heat and stir in butter.

Return to heat and continue cooking until mixture reaches 300degreesF. Remove from heat and careful stir in extract, baking soda and salt. (The mixture will bubble aggressively, so stir with caution).

Place popcorn, bacon and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a large bowl and gently fold in caramel mixture until well coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using greased heatproof gloves, take a handful of caramel corn and roll it into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat to form 12 balls. Let sit at room temperature about 15 minutes before serving. Wrap individual popcorn balls in plastic wrap or store in an air tight container.

Marshmallow Popcorn Pretzel Balls Recipe
Ingredients

8 oz mini marshmallows
1/4 cups Unsalted Butter
8 cups Popped Popcorn

1/2 cups Pretzels *
1/2 cups Mixed Salted Nuts *

Directions
Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl.

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once melted stir in marshmallows and stir until just melted.

Quickly pour melted marshmallow over the popcorn and fold to combine. Pour in pretzels and mixed nuts. Stir to mix.

Using greased heatproof gloves, take a handful of popcorn mixture and roll it into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat to form 12 balls. Let sit at room temperature about 15 minutes before serving. Wrap individual popcorn balls in plastic wrap or store in an air tight container.

* You can use seasonal candies to replace the pretzels or nuts. Or you can use both! Go crazy!

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9 thoughts on “Bacon Rum Salted Caramel Popcorn Balls or Marshmallow Popcorn Pretzel Balls…

  1. Popcorn balls with bacon…my family will go crazy! Thanks for checking out my blog- that led me to yours. I’ve read all of your posts- love your stuff! We share a dream- I’m hoping to be able to buy something with a couple acres. Big garden and some fruit trees. Chickens are a must have, would love to raise goats for fun, not sure I’m up to the commitment of milking. I plan it out in my head, even though I’m not yet in a position to sign the line!

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