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Thursday, October 25, 2012

"Mama Makes" with Joni

It's time to get into the Halloween and Fall spirit!  I hope you enjoy this week long series, Mama Makes Halloween Edition.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Joni.  She is an amazing mom to six and I've been following her blog for a long time now. 

hi, i'm joni, sahm of six kiddos, from over at six cherries on top. i share share our stories through writing and photos over there, and sometimes i even like to pretend i'm an amazing photographer, baker, and crafter. thank you summer for inviting me over today to share this  marshmallow popcorn balls recipe.

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one thing that comes with having a big family is having lots of friends. my kids like to give their friends gifts during the holidays, but we have to carefully watch how much we spend to make sure we don't go over budget. some of the most inexpensive gifts can be food treats, so we tend to make a lot of them. this super simple recipe for marshmallow popcorn balls, is a take on two of our favorite falls treats...rice krispie treats and popcorn balls. hope you enjoy!

marshmallow popcorn balls

you will need:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 10 oz. bag of marshamallows (or 4 cups of mini marshmallows)
  • 1 regular size bag of microwave popcorn, popped, cooled, and unpopped kernels removed
  • sprinkles of your choice

melt the butter on medium low heat and beginning to slightly caramelize. add the marshamallows and heat on low until completely melted. remove from heat and add the entire bag of popcorn. mix until evenly coated on all the popcorn. pour into a bowl let cool. once the mixture has cooled, separate into even amounts and mold into a ball using your clean {grin} hands. shake on sprinkles (or roll in sprinkles if you prefer a lot of sprinkles).

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the actual recipe is like the recipe for rice krispie treats, except you replace the cereal with popcorn and i like to let my butter caramelize a bit. you can use any style microwave popcorn such as homestyle or butter. i prefer butter just because i love the salty sweet flavor combo.

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to give these as gifts, you will need large lollipop bags and ribbon that can be found at craft stores. you may think that the sticky marshmallow will stick to the bags but it actually doesn't. tie ribbon around to close and that's it. you can even add a festive gift tag. i have created some below for you to enjoy.

halloween gift tags

click on the image above to bring it up in a new window, then right click to save.

i would love to hear if you try these out or how you have used these gift tags. and be sure to stop by six cherries on top sometime to say hi.

thanks again to summer for allowing be to visit today!

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Thank you so much Joni!

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