Sweet & Salty Popcorn Balls

When I see the words sweet and salty in the title of a recipe, I know that I'm going to like it.  I've never been a huge fan of sweets, but me and salt?  We're like peas and carrots.  Salted peanuts and a little sprinkle of coarse sea salt round out the sugary goodness of these delicious popcorn balls.  A  treat like this can be transformed into a great gift by wrapping in a clear little bag and tying with a pretty ribbon.  Valentines Day for your favorite people, perhaps?  I know I wouldn't mind a sweet treat like this on Valentine's Day! 

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 7 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 cup popped popcorn (I used about 12, close is good)
  • ½ cup salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup toffee bits
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips, chocolate chips OR white chocolate chips (you choose!) 
  • coarse sea salt

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.  Combine butter, sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted.  Bring to a boil and add condensed milk.  Continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  2. Place popcorn in a large bowl,  Pour butter mixture over popcorn, gently tossing to coat completely.  Set aside for about 5 minutes.  Toss in peanuts, toffee and chips.  
  3. When mixture has cooled enough to handle, grease hands with vegetable oil or cooking spray and shape into 2 inch balls.  Place balls on cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.

    • Store in an air tight container at room temperature.  Best if eaten within 2 days of preparing.
    • Source:  All You

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