Monday, October 17, 2011

Cauldron Cooking - Quick and Easy Honey Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

From the Kitchens of Cheesecake Farms
www.CheesecakeFarms.com


Want a sweet treat that's healthy?

How about these quick and easy, honey - peanut butter pop corn balls????



You won't believe how good healthy food can taste!


Add some sunflower seeds or raisins and you've really got 
a good-health snack - mega yum!!


The kiddies will love them!
Better put a few aside for you....


Quick and Easy


Honey Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Makes 6 (three inch) popcorn balls

1/2 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup peanut butter (any type- see Karla's Tip #1 below)
6 cups freshly popped corn (regular or hot air popped- about 1/4 cup unpopped kernels- see Karla's Tip #2 below)
Cooking spray
Optional: 1 tablespoons sunflower seeds or 1/4 cup raisins

Heat honey and salt in a small sauce pan. Whisk in peanut butter. Mixture should be smooth. Bring to a boil - uncovered. Boil 1 minute. Immediately pour mixture over popped corn (and sunflower seeds or raisins). Toss to coat. (A rubber scraper works well.)

Lightly mist your hands with cooking spray and, while mixture is still warm, form popcorn mixture into balls. Pack balls well so popcorn sticks together but not so much that you crush the kernels.

Put popcorn balls on a dish or rack to cool completely - at least an hour. Wrap balls individually in plastic wrap or store in a plastic container. I like to keep them in the refrigerator but storing them at room temperature is OK.



Karla's Tip #1 - Peanut Butter

We used natural (unsweetened) peanut butter to test this recipe but any peanut butter will yield good results. Just be sure the peanut butter is thick and not runny.

Some brands of natural peanut butter are soft and runny at room temperature which will prevent the popcorn balls from holding their shape. If this happens, keeping them in the refrigerator will help them stay firm.



Karla's Tip # 2 - Popcorn
After you've popped the corn, pick through it very carefully to remove any unpopped or partially popped kernals and discard them. You don't want your little goblins breaking their teeth.




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