At this time of year, scary treats abound. Edible spiders, ghosts, monsters, and gremlins are enjoyed by kids everywhere. These chocolate dipped caramel popcorn balls aren’t very scary, but they are festive and fun to eat. For this sweet snack, your guests are sure to enjoy only treats, no tricks. To make another not-so-scary party classic, get the recipe for Peanutty-Caramel Popcorn here.
Chocolate Dipped Caramel Popcorn Balls
- 12 cups lightly salted popcorn
- 1½ cup (3 sticks) butter
- 2 cups light brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- seasonal nonpareils
Place the popcorn into a large metal mixing bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Remove any unpopped kernels. Set aside.
In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, melt together the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then lower the heat and allow to bubble for 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes remove the saucepan from the heat and add 1 tsp of baking soda. The baking soda will cause the caramel to foam. Stir constantly until the foam begins to die down. Add 1 tsp of pure vanilla.
Pour the caramel over the popcorn. Using a large spoon, stir the popcorn until it's evenly coated with the caramel. Continue to stir until the mixture has cooled enough to handle. This step will take around 2 minutes.
Wearing gloves lightly spritzed with cooking spray, divide the mixture evenly forming into 3 inch balls. Press together firmly and place onto wax paper to set-up. Allow to sit until completely cooled and set, around 20 minutes.
Melt the milk chocolate chips and heavy cream together in the microwave in 20 second increments, stopping to stir each time. Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely smooth.
Dip each popcorn ball into the melted chocolate covering the top. Sprinkle with nonpareils while wet. Allow to sit for 45 minutes or until the chocolate is set.
Makes 15 (3 inch) popcorn balls.
About the Author
Melissa Sperka is the creator of Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen. After winning the National Just a Pinch Flour Power! baking contest, she also gained national attention with her blue ribbon Nested Potato Skins, featured in Southern Living Magazine. To Melissa, “Southern style” isn’t just about regional food, but about serving homemade dishes with grace, charm, and a healthy dose of Southern hospitality.