Halloween Candy Popcorn – the  perfect way to use leftover Halloween candy! Popcorn, peanuts, and candy bars with chocolate and whilte chocolate drizzle!

Halloween Candy Popcorn - the perfect way to use leftover Halloween candy! Popcorn, peanuts, and candy bars with chocolate and whilte chocolate drizzle!

This post has been sponsored by BUTTERFINGER®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Halloween candy season is my favorite.

I know I tell you guys this every single year. I love any excuse to have tiny candy bars in my house.

Sure, I love the cute decorations and picking out costumes with my kids but I’m 100% into Halloween for the candy. I’ve had jars of Halloween candy around my house since August 1st.

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Are you a snacker? I’m totally a snacker. I’ve tried to break the habit but I just can’t. So I’m forever looking for healthier snacks that also taste delicious.

I purchased this box of Weight Watchers® Endorsed Jolly Time Healthy Pop microwave popcorn at Walmart recently and I’m in love.

100 calories!

100!

In a whole bag!

I’ve had popcorn as my evening snack every night since I bought this. I’m much more of a crunchy, savory snacker so it is perfect for me. Jolly Time Healthy Pop also received the first ever Good Housekeeping seal of approval for a food brand!


I wanted to create a recipe with the Jolly Time Healthy Pop microwave popcorn but I wanted to do it without adding a ton of calories.

Sure, we could cover it in chocolate and caramel and it’d be delicious, but let’s be real. Bikini season is here.

Anyway, my favorite flavor combo is salt and vinegar and you can add both of those to the popcorn for less than 5 calories. It’s the perfect snack for someone like me who wants to snack while I watch my nightime reality TV but wants something healthy. Plus it’s nice to have the individual sized bags of Jolly Time Healthy Pop microwave popcorn so that I don’t go overboard. There are plenty of other Weight Watchers® Endorsed foods available at Walmart, too. Like Weight Watchers® Endorsed Sandwich Thins by Arnold®, Orowheat®, and Brownberry®, Weight Watchers® Ice Cream Novelties, Weight Watchers® Sweet Baked Goods, and Weight Watchers® String Cheese.

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Peanut Butter Party Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack!

Happy Monday! I am SO ready for a fresh week. Although I’m simultaneously hating how fast summer is going. I am most definitely not ready to be getting up early for school again.

So, good news! Sofia (#schnoxie) got her cast off last Thursday! Two weeks early! Because the cast was causing these nasty sores on her leg and she kind of smelled like garbage that had been sitting in the sun for 7 weeks. She’s technically on “kennel rest” which translates to “my bed rest” because I’m that kind of person.

And the bad news. My Macbook completely died on me the same day. After a year and a half. How do you people keep macs forever?! Mine’s been dying since day 3 when it had to have it’s keyboard rebuilt. RIP Macbook.

It sadly took most of my photos from November 2013 – present with it. I took it in to Geek Squad, forked over a ridiculous amount of money for them to recover 15k photos and then got the dreaded call that the harddrive was unreadable.

Yep.

I’d been working on uploading all my photos to the cloud storage I use but that dang computer was just so slow. Gahhhhh.

Anyway, I lost my next 5 blog post photos so I’m starting from scratch. Kind of. This is one of the posts I lost buuuuuut I was happy to remake it!

I don’t love popcorn. It’s just not my thing. Unless it’s covered in something! I can eat BOXES of that caramel popcorn with nuts. And I looooove those Christmas tins of popcorn – but only the cheese and caramel sections.

So of course I love this Peanut Butter Party Popcorn since it’s coated in a mixture of white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips with vanilla instant pudding mixed in. And then it’s all covered in sprinkles because everything is better with sprinkles!

Peanut Butter Party Popcorn - a sweet and salty snack!

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It’s official hot chocolate weather in Colorado.

I’m excited.

I’d be more excited if it had waited until after I have to walk around the neighborhood after the sun goes down asking neighbors that I don’t really know for candy for my kids.

But I’ll take it.

Weather.com totally teased me last night with “Locations nearby are reporting snow” so you know I stared out the window for a good hour and a half before finally giving up. No snow for me.

Good news though, I’m totally prepared for the cold now thanks to the lovely people at Stephen’s Hot Cocoa. They sent me a package of 3 of their hot cocoa flavors: Cookies N’ Creme, Orange Creme, and Amaretto. I buy their Candycane Cocoa every winter because the cute little bear drinking the cocoa on the package is just too cute to resist so I was excited to try their other flavors.

I used the Cookies and Creme Cocoa to make this popcorn. The coating for the popcorn is the cocoa mix, butter, and melted marshmallows! It’s almost like a rice krispies treat but with popcorn! And then, of course, I mixed in more (unmelted) marshmallows and some chopped cookies. Because you can’t have Cookies and Cream Popcorn without cookies!

More good news! I’ve got cocoa for one of you! Make sure you enter below!

One winner will get three cans of Stephen’s Hot Cocoa in Cookies N’ Creme, Orange Creme, and Amaretto. Giveaway is open until November 4 at midnight Eastern time. I will email the winner after the giveaway ends so make sure your email is correct! US only, please.

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Have you ever had a popcorn ball?

I’m pretty sure I had never tried one until this week and I’m not really sure why. I love love love sweet popcorn – I mean seriously, I beg my husband for one of those popcorn tins every Christmas even though all I really want is the caramel kind.

So I was excited to participate in this Popcorn Baller event with Good Cook and was even more excited when a package of goodies showed up at my door, including a couple popcorn ballers. I used the oval popcorn baller for this super fun football popcorn ball. Because it’s that time of year, of course!

I went with a standard popcorn ball recipe but added some chopped up pretzels and a ton of nutella. I’ve been on this crazy nutella kick since I bought my first jar a few weeks ago and my favorite thing to do is dip pretzels in it so… let’s be real, these popcorn balls are all about my current craving.

They are as delicious as I hoped they would be. Sweet from the marshmallows and nutella and salty from the popcorn and pretzels. I will say that it was pretty hard to get all the popcorn coated and I still had a lot of half-covered popcorn when I was done. That’s to be expected with me though because I can’t even get a batch of Rice Krispie Treats done without uncovered Krispies.

The popcorn baller was super simple to work with and as the package promised, there was no sticking! You just have to pile a bunch of your popcorn mixture in the mold and then press down with the top. There’s a small indention on the bottom so you just press that to get the popcorn ball to come out of the mold.

Good Cook will be running a 7 day popcorn giveaway on their Facebook page starting October 7 (I’ll try to remember to remind you) and if you’re interested in getting yourself a popcorn baller, use CODE: POPCORN to get 25% off.

Sweet & Salty Nutella Popcorn Balls
Ingredients
  • 12 cups popped Jolly Time popcorn
  • 1 cup pretzels broken into pieces
  • 1 10 ounce bag marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips optional
Instructions
  1. Put the popped popcorn and pretzels in large bowl or pan; set aside.
  2. In heavy saucepan, heat butter and marshmallows on low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Add nutella and quickly stir to incorporate.
  3. Pour mixture over popcorn and mix carefully until popcorn is well coated. Press into balls using the popcorn ball. Once shaped, set on wax paper.
  4. If you are making a football shape, melt white chocolate in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Once melted, spoon into a zip top bag. Snap a small corner off the bag and pipe the white chocolate onto the popcorn balls.

 

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