Americana Popcorn Balls

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I was flipping though one of my free magazines and I came across a recipe for popcorn balls so I decided to make them. Just add sprinkles of your color choice and you’e got yourself a festive dessert for any occasion!

Ingredients:

Cooking Spray

14 cups of plain popcorn or approximately 1 cup of popcorn kernels

6 tbsp unsalted butter

1 10.5 oz of marshmallows

2 tbsp light brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup of chopped peanuts (optional)

red and blue sprinkles (optional)

Directions:

1. Remove any unpopped kernels from the popped popcorn. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl with cooking spray and add popcorn; set aside.

2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add marshmallows, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and cook, stirring, until marshmallows have melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, along with peanuts and sprinkles, if desired. Mix with 2 lightly greased rubber spatuals until popcorn is evenly coated. Using greased hands, form mixture into 2 1/2- inch balls. Eat immediately or wrap balls individually in plastic and keep for up to 3 days.

Makes 12

Adapted from Ladies’ Home Journal p. 109

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