How can we count the ways we love popcorn balls?
Well, they're peanut-free (read between the lines...classroom friendly), gluten free, and once you get them on a stick, they're finger-free - meaning less mess, napkins or plates to hand out.
But, this particular recipe I'm going to share with you is also hull and kernel free!
Benefits of No Hull/Kernel Popcorn
Popcorn is one of those addicting snacks where it is impossible to only have a couple pieces. My favorite kind of popcorn is homemade air-popped, which is healthier than microwave or movie-theater popcorn because I can control the toppings. However, nothing’s worse than the feeling of chewing a mouthful of popcorn and biting down on a kernel or a hard hull. I’ve been lucky to not have any terrible experiences with this, but unfortunately, my Mom has. She cracked her back tooth from accidentally biting down on a kernel! Also, I’ve heard horror stories of people getting the pieces stuck in their gums and having to get them surgically removed. This does not sound like something I would ever want to endure.
Luckily for us, hull-less and kernel-less popcorn actually does exist! And the brand, Cosmo Creations, has the best flavors of this popcorn that I have ever tried. It’s gluten, trans-fat, and high-fructose corn syrup free, but packed with flavor and has a unique texture. My favorite flavors are the ‘Salted Caramel’ and the spicy ‘Sriracha’.
Besides just eating Cosmo Creations straight from the bag, it can be used in different recipes. One easy way to use the caramel flavor for example is for making popcorn balls! Similar to Rice Krispy treats, just melt marshmallows with butter and add the popcorn. Shape into any size that you like.
Caramel Corn Balls
1.25oz Bag of Cosmo Created Salted Caramel Corn Puffs
7 Large Marshmallows
1 TB Butter
Directions: Empty contents of the bag into a blender and pulse 4-6 times until you have a mixture of chucks and powder.
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and add the marshmallows. When it's fluffy and creamy, remove from heat and immediately add the caramel corn puffs. Mix thoroughly.
When mixture is touchable - not too hot - apply butter or coconut oil to your hands for easy handling. Scoop out mixture with a spoon and form into balls.
One bag of Salted Caramel Puffed Corn makes 4-5 caramel corn balls.
Tip: Use the Cosmos Creations bag as your work surface that the balls won't stick to.
Optional: Drizzle with melted chocolate and top with sprinkles.
Holiday Ideas for Caramel Corn Balls
- Place smaller sized balls on a stick and they can be a substitute for cake balls: This is perfect for those with gluten allergies because gluten free marshmallows can be found pretty easily, and the popcorn is of course gluten free.
- Create pumpkins for Halloween: food coloring or orange Jell-O mix can be used to color them orange, and then stick a tootsie roll on the top for the stem.
- Easter Eggs: almost as easy as the pumpkin; roll into ovals or use a plastic Easter egg to mold them into shape, and cover with melted white chocolate and sprinkles.
- Fourth of July: use red, white, and blue decorations-whether it be sprinkles, frosting, or food-colored melted chocolate.
- Christmas: the popcorn balls (or in cake pop form) can be made into snowmen, presents, ornaments, etc. Get creative!
- Valentines Day: Pink popcorn hearts or lips of course!
All of these ideas are almost too easy not to do. And they taste delicious!
As you can see, there’s no need to risk breaking a tooth over a mouthful popcorn. Cosmo Creations is a snack that every popcorn lover should try. If subscribe to the Pampered Teacher subscription box, salted caramel Cosmos Creations will be showing up in upcoming boxes!