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.
- 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
Put the popped popcorn and pretzels in large bowl or pan; set aside.
In heavy saucepan, heat butter and marshmallows on low heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth. Add nutella and quickly stir to incorporate.
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.
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.