3 Caramel popcorn balls with pretzel stick handles wrapped in plastic tied with white and red checkered ribbons on a metal serving tray

Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

Oct 29 2020
Inspired
Serving Time Icon 2 Hours 30 Mins
Serves Number Icon Serves 15-20

This year, many of us are turning our focus back to the homemade, up-cycled and traditional. That’s why we’re obsessed with popcorn balls as a delicious alternative to store bought Halloween treats. This easy recipe is a great way to add a personal touch to the holiday and reminds us all of the joys of doing things by hand

Prep 20 MIN

Cook 2 Hours 30 MIN

Ingredients

Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 225F. Core and thinly slice (about 1/8”) 2 large, sweet apples through the core, discarding the tops and bottoms. Spread slices evenly on a large baking sheets (make sure they’re not touching). Sprinkle cinnamon evenly to cover slices.
 

Step 2

Place sheets in oven on upper and lower racks. Bake for about one hour, then remove and flip each apple slice. Return to oven and bake for another hour until dry and browned at the edges.
 

Step 3

When cool, cut into small pieces and set aside.
 

Step 4

Pop corn kernels in an airpopper, remove any unpopped kernels and and set aside in a large bowl. 
 

Step 5

In a medium saucepan, butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk and salt.
 

Step 6

Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, stirring consistently.
 

Step 7

Reduce heat to medium-low and cover tightly with a lid to cook for about 3 minutes.
 

Step 8

Remove lid and, using a candy thermometer, continue to cook until soft ball stage (about 236°F).
 

Step 9

Remove from heat and add vanilla and cream of tartar. Mix well.
 

Step 10

Fold popcorn and apple chips into caramel mixture until the popcorn is covered.
 

Step 11

Let cool for about 5 minutes, then form into balls and serve on sticks.
 

Tip: These would be great on candy sticks or even twigs, wrapped in clear bags and tied with Halloween ribbon.

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