At Christmastime, cookies are made in all its splendor. Made a confectionery item to switch it up. Made popcorn balls and added pretzels and white chocolate. It’s a fun dessert to eat as well.
Keep in mind when working with caramel, do not exceed the temperature requested. Otherwise, the caramel will harden and not be pliable, making it difficult to form the balls and difficult to eat.
White Chocolate Popcorn Pretzel Balls
By Baking is my Zen
18 cups popped corn
1-2 cups white chocolate chips
1-2 teaspoons coconut oil
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups water
½ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon white vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
coconut oil for hands (I use plastic disposable gloves instead of oil)
1-2 cups crushed pretzels
2 Large mixing spoons
Large bowl for popcorn
Parchment lined baking tray
Crush pretzels into small pieces. Set aside.
Add 18 cups popcorn in large bowl. Add crushed pretzels. Set aside.
PREP MELTED CHOCOLATE:
Add white chocolate chips in bowl. Add about 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil to chips. Microwave in increments of 20 seconds, stirring after each heating until melted. Set aside.
Add 2 cups granulated sugar to pan.
Pour in 1 1/3 cups water.
Pour in ½ cup light corn syrup
Pour in 1 teaspoon white vinegar.
Pour in ½ teaspoon salt.
Put candy thermometer in syrup. Cook syrup to 255 Fahrenheit.
Pour in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Sprinkle in ground cinnamon.
ADD CARAMEL TO POPCORN:
Pour caramel mixture over popcorn.
Mix caramel into popcorn with large mixing spoon.
Oil hands with coconut oil. (I use plastic disposable gloves instead of oil)
Working quickly, gather clumps of popcorn and shape into balls.
Press firmly to form a ball.
Add a lollipop stick in each popcorn ball.
Place popcorn balls on parchment lined baking tray.
Allow to cool before applying chocolate.
ADD MELTED CHOCOLATE:
Heat chocolate. Stir it.
Apply chocolate onto popcorn balls with a spoon or a brush.
Sprinkle with colored sprinkles.
Allow chocolate to firm up.
Recipe Inspiration by Monkey See.
This year completed a 25 Day Christmas Photography Project. View photos on Flickr.
CHRISTMAS IS Jesus Christ
Baking is my Zen
…sweet nibbles for the soul
For savory dishes, visit my other blog, sometimes SAVORY.
Photography by Carmen Ortiz.
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