This post was sponsored by Kitchen PLAY on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn. All thoughts, views and opinions expressed are my own.
As life has gotten busier, we've had to set aside time to just be together as a family. So, Fridays have become our family night.
And my kids seriously love JOLLY TIME Pop Corn! My family lived in Sioux City for a number of years, so we are especially fond of JOLLY TIME because it's a great company that makes delicious popcorn. Most nights we go with a classic flavor like Blast O Butter, but once in a while, we go all out and make a special popcorn treat.
Now, these Sweet & Salty Popcorn Balls really aren't difficult to make, and if you can make a marshmallow cereal treat, then you can make these popcorn balls. And have fun with the flavors of popcorn that you use to make them! I used the Crispy n' White, but other flavors like Kettle Mania or Mallow Magic would be good, too.
One note – you might be tempted to mix in the M&M's and chocolate chips. The warmth from the popcorn mixture will leave you with a chocolaty mess. It works much better to just press them into the outside of the popcorn ball.
Sweet & Salty Popcorn Balls
- 3 oz bag JOLLY TIME Crispy n' White Popcorn
- 1/4 c . butter
- 10 oz bag marshmallows
- 1 c . pretzel pieces
- 1 c . mini or regular M&M's
- 1/2 c . mini chocolate chips
Pop popcorn according to package directions.
Set aside to cool.
In a large pot, melt butter over low heat.
Add marshmallows, and cook, stirring regularly, until melted.
Remove any un-popped kernels from popcorn, and stir popped popcorn into marshmallow mixture.
Add pretzel pieces, and stir in to combine.
Using a 1 cup measuring cup for large popcorn balls or a 1/2 cup measuring cup for small popcorn balls, scoop out popcorn mixture.
Shape into balls. If the mixture sticks to your hands, spray your hands lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
Press M&M's and mini chocolate chips into the outside of the popcorn ball.
Let cool to room temperature before serving.