One of my son favorite things to do is making popcorn balls for his classmates when they have a party. Since he is very picky with eating fresh fruits, I sneak in some dried fruits with the popcorn balls.
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of apple juice or water
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 9-10 cups of popped popcorn, no kernels
- 2 cups of raisins, or dried apricots, dices
Combine brown sugar, apple juice, butter, corn syrup, and salt in a 2-3 quart saucepan.
Boil over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes, or until thickened.
Buttered a large bowl, place popcorn, diced apricot pieces or raisins in it. I used both raisin and apricot!
Slowly drizzle the hot sugar mixture over them, and quickly stir with a spatula.
Have your child butter their hands, and allow them to shape the popcorn into balls.
Wrap the popcorn balls in cellophane, and make it a great treat to pass out at parties.
The above recipe will make 12 popcorn balls. You will have to double or triple the ingredients to make enough for a class room full of children!
After wrapping the popcorn balls in cellophane, add a little ribbon to make it look pretty!
- You can also use chocolate chips, nuts, or other dried fruits
- Drizzle melted chocolate over the popcorn balls if you want to be fancy
- Marshmallow is another alternative
- Some children are allergic to nuts, so omit the nuts to be on the safe side.