Merry Christmas from Baking is my Zen! (White Chocolate Popcorn Pretzel Balls)


Merry Christmas!

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

INGREDIENTS:

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

Sprinkles

EQUIPMENT:
Candy thermometer
Saucepan
2 Large mixing spoons
Large bowl for popcorn
Parchment lined baking tray

DIRECTIONS:

PRETZEL PREP:
Crush pretzels into small pieces. Set aside.

POPCORN PREP:
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.

CARAMEL PREP:
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.
Stir.
Put candy thermometer in syrup. Cook syrup to 255 Fahrenheit.
Pour in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
Stir.
Sprinkle in ground cinnamon.
Stir.

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.
Enjoy!

Recipe Inspiration by Monkey See.

This year completed a 25 Day Christmas Photography Project. View photos on Flickr.

CHRISTMAS IS Jesus Christ

~ Carmen

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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