pumpkin popcorn balls

When Lindsey and Will get together, they always beg to do a project.
This time they got together, they were hungry and bored....

Here was the remedy.
popcorn balls

Jello popcorn is tried and true around here. So easy. Surprisingly tasty.
I had orange jello on hand and happened to have some leftover candy from a candy mix bag.

Genius moment.... I actually had the stuff and didn't have to run to the store.

Here's the recipe:
In microwavable bowl, melt 1/2 c butter,
Stir in a 3oz. box of jello (orange in this case). and 1/4 cup corn syrup.
Microwave again until it reaches a full boil (try 1 min. then more if needed). Stir.
Mix in 1/4 tsp. baking soda. Stir for 2-3 minutes.
Mix in 12 cups popcorn. I never actually measure, I just add until its all covered evenly.
Microwave the whole thing for 30 seconds more.
-You can do more if you prefer it crispy instead of gooey.

Then have the kids form them into balls.
We use plastic bags with a little non-stick spray on them as gloves for the kids.

I had green laffy taffys, green sour licorice and green and brown tootsie rolls.
The brown miniatures were the stem and I found the green tootsie rolls were easy to form into the leaf.
pumpkin popcorn balls

It was fun, quick, kid friendly and cute.


  1. So cute and yummy! There's just one problem--why is your kitchen so clean mid project?!? And no dishes in the sink ?!? You are a wonder!

  2. I don't think i have the right things on hand...ever..lol..what a cute idea, I think i will do this with my girls and their cousin (since he lives 1 door down) this year, great idea! and I agree with kathryn..spotless kitchen during this craziness? perhaps you need a blog about organizing and cleanliness tips too..;-)

  3. Made these with my kids today. We all had a great time. Thanks for the fun idea. I will be making them next week with both of my boys' classes at school.

  4. Hey hahnsjl9931! I'm so glad these worked for you! It's fun to hear when other people have success with something I've posted! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

  5. GENIUS!!! Pure genius, and it looks like it is so much fun to make. Thanks so much for the recipe. I can't wait to try this out with my kids. :D

    Snoopy :D


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