Friday, April 13, 2012

Popcorn Mounds


Here is my newest popcorn experiment.

(I love trying things out - especially when they work out. They don't always; but more often than not they are at least edible. These turned out superb.)

Since I haven't walked you through making a popcorn ball before, I thought I'd go ahead and give you the full lesson today.

This recipe is a variation of the "Snow Balls" recipe in my 101 Things to do With Popcorn book now available on Amazon and in your local book store.

What you'll need:
1 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 cups popped popcorn
2 cups shredded/toasted coconut
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
6 Popsicle sticks

What you do:

Remove the lid to the marshmallow creme and heat in the microwave on half power for 1 minute.

In a small bowl mix the heated creme, coconut extract and vanilla.

Put popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Pour marshmallow mixture over the top and stir to coat.

Secret Trick: Grease your hands with cooking spray before forming balls. Then your hands don't get sticky.

Take a handful of popcorn and press it into a ball. 

Roll the ball in the shredded/toasted coconut.


Insert a Popsicle stick into the top of the ball. Place on wax paper while you form the other balls.


Wash your hands :)


Pour chocolate chips and shortening into a small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute on half power. Stir. Microwave at 30 second intervals stirring in between until chocolate is smooth.

Drizzle over popcorn balls. This one was a bit heavy on the chocolate. So I put the chocolate in a small Ziploc, snipped the end off and did a lighter look on the rest. Bug didn't complain about the extra chocolate when he taste tested for me.



Store in an airtight container or wrap individually. They make wonderful gifts!!!

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