Halloween Caramel Corn makes great popcorn balls or just eat it by the handful too! Caramel Corn and M&M’s are meant to go together!
Halloween Caramel Corn is all that gooey-deliciousness of homemade caramel and air popped popcorn plus, THEN we add M&M’s! I mean, does it get any better? Nuuuuuu-UH!!
When I was a kid I love-loved caramel popcorn balls. I’m sure my mom grew tired of making them because anytime I had to take a treat somewhere that’s what we were making. She was kind though and made them with me all the time until I grew out of them! To this day, I still remember making them together and that’s the part that counts the most 🙂
Halloween Caramel Corn is just as fun and tasty to eat by the handful but if you want to make it a little more exciting have everyone join in rolling them into popcorn balls. It’s gooey-sticky fun for the whole family!
I found it was easier to loosely pack the caramel corn into a ball, add the M&M’s into the holes, and then pack tighter to finish out the ball shape. Otherwise, it seemed kinda floppy and the M&M’s started to melt some too. So, just pack quick and set them on parchment paper to finish setting up. I think they’re adorable in their petite form, of course, you can always make them softball sized too.
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Halloween Caramel Corn is festive and fun to take to any of your autumn activities!
Much Love and Peace~
- 2½ cups brown sugar
- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup Karo syrup (light corn syrup)
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup of UN-popped popcorn
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 2 cups halloween colored M&M's
- ½ cup brown and orange mini M&M's, if desired
- Pop your popcorn in an air popper machine. (I had to do two batches)
- Cook the brown sugar, Karo syrup, and ½ cup of butter over the stove on medium high heat and bring to a boil.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk.
- Stir continually for about 3 to 4 minutes until it gets to the soft ball stage (it clings together when you drop some in cold water).
- It will burn if you cook it too long, so make sure you are stirring continuously and watch it closely.
- When it is finished cooking, take your pot off the stove and pour the caramel sauce over your air popped popcorn.
- Mix until all the popcorn is completely coated.
- You will need a very large bowl to mix it all together.
- Toss in M&M's and allow to cool and set.
- Or form mini popcorn balls while still warm, adding M&M's at after ball is formed, set on parchment paper, allow to set.
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