Sparkly Chocolate Popcorn Balls

The Sparkly Chocolate Popcorn Balls were the result of our collaboration with Anita at the Hungry Couple blog. She whipped up an awards-show season dessert, namely these chocolate popcorn balls that sparkle and you gotta love other ways to use our metallic silver rim sugar! This sweet treat is a definite must for your movie night fun or binge-watching TV sessions. We’re making a batch of these to enjoy while watching the red carpet. One key warning: Making popcorn balls as a popcorn treat can be a very sticky process. It’s also a hands-on kind of kitchen project. So be sure to make these before you put on your fancy dress! We also suggest using Dell Cove® extra large Mushroom popcorn kernels for this recipe, which pop fat and round - making it perfect for making popcorn balls. We like to make these sparkly chocolate popcorn balls when we were hosting an Oscar nigh. It's always a fun evening to watch the Academy Awards and see who's walking the Red Carpet with who and of course seeing those fashions. Who's wearing who? It's quite a long show and treats are definitely in order for the evening. And they're always a hit! Everyone seems to love popcorn, and it is the movies that the show is celebrating, after all! Also, here's a bit of popcorn trivia for your movie night fun: While popcorn is typically seen as a snack food today, popcorn used to be enjoyed as a popular breakfast food. Food historians have traced the popcorn-as-a-breakfast-food (kind of like us eating puffed rice as cereal) trend back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In fact, long before the Kellogg family was making corn flakes, some family members started their days with popcorn ground with milk or cream - and called popcorn “an excellent food.” We couldn’t agree more!

The Sparkly Chocolate Popcorn Balls were the result of our collaboration with Anita at the Hungry Couple blog. She whipped up an awards-show season dessert, namely these chocolate popcorn balls that are sparkly from gold and silver glitter sugar sprinkled on these chocolate popcorn balls! This sweet treat is a definite must for your movie night fun or binge-watching TV sessions. We’re making a batch of these to enjoy while watching the red carpet.

One key warning: Making popcorn balls as a popcorn treat can be a very sticky process. It’s also a hands-on kind of kitchen project. So be sure to make these before you put on your fancy dress!

We also suggest using Dell Cove® extra large Mushroom popcorn kernels for this recipe, which pop fat and round – making it perfect for making popcorn balls. We like to make these sparkly chocolate popcorn balls when we were hosting an Oscar nigh. It’s always a fun evening to watch the Academy Awards and see who’s walking the Red Carpet with who and of course seeing those fashions. Who’s wearing who? It’s quite a long show and treats are definitely in order for the evening. And they’re always a hit! Everyone seems to love popcorn, and it is the movies that the show is celebrating, after all!

Also, here’s a bit of popcorn trivia for your movie night fun: While popcorn is typically seen as a snack food today, popcorn used to be enjoyed as a popular breakfast food. Food historians have traced the popcorn-as-a-breakfast-food (kind of like us eating puffed rice as cereal) trend back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In fact, long before the Kellogg family was making corn flakes, some family members started their days with popcorn ground with milk or cream – and called popcorn “an excellent food.” We couldn’t agree more!

Category, , Yields12 ServingsDifficultyIntermediate
Total Time1 hr

Ingredients

 ¾ cup sugar
 ¼ cup corn syrup
 ¼ cup water
 4 tbsp unsalted butter
 1 tsp vanilla
 ¼ tsp salt
 ½ cup chocolate chips
 2 tbsp butter
 sparkly sanding sugars (we recommend silver and gold)

Directions

1

Add the sugar, corn syrup and water to a large pot and simmer on medium low heat, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved.

2

Stir in the butter, vanilla and salt until combined. Remove pan from heat, and then stir in the popcorn.

IMPORTANT: You need to let the popcorn cool slightly before using a 1.5 oz scoop to form the balls or they won’t hold together. If the popcorn cools too much to scoop, put the pan back over a very low heat, warm the mixture slightly, then remove the pan from the heat to cool it back down.

3

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave and stir in the butter until smooth. Drizzle over the finished popcorn balls.

4

Want to add flavors? Sprinkle on your favorite Dell Cove® popcorn seasoning, as well as sparkle sanding sugars, and then serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 popcorn ball

Servings 12


Amount Per Serving
Calories 185
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g10%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 205mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 34g12%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 19g
Protein 1g2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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