Halloween Treat Goodness

I’m a sugar fiend, so Halloween ranks high on my list of favorite holidays. While I love a good candy bar and may have eaten a few (dozen) Butterfingers in my day, I also really enjoy some homemade, classic Halloween treats like these popcorn balls from the blog Spoon Fork Bacon:

Bite-Sized Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls
Makes 16-20

Ingredients:
5½-6 cups popped popcorn, lightly salted
1 ½ cups dry roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
¼ cup Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips**
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons honey
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Place the popcorn,, peanuts, and peanut butter chips into a large bowl and set aside.
2. Place the sugar and corn syrup into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
3. Once the mixture has reached 240°F (soft-ball stage) add the honey, peanut butter and vanilla.
4. Stir together until fully combined.
5. Pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn mixture and begin folding together until all of the popcorn mixture has been evenly coated and distributed.
6. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
7. Once the mixture is cool enough to handle, lightly grease your hands and form golf ball sized popcorn balls.
8. Place the formed balls on a sheet pan lined with parchment and allow to cool completely.
9. Once the popcorn balls have set, 2-4 hours, wrap them in plastic wrap or wax paper before serving.

** I subbed in chocolate chips for the peanut butter chips,cause peanut butter and chocolate belong together. However, I wish I’d added them after the caramel had cooled more, because they melted instead of holding their chip form.

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