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Monday, September 16, 2019

Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

Delicious popcorn balls held together with caramel that sings with the flavor of concentrated apple are a fall must try. Add a popsicle stick and dip them in white chocolate to make them an even more fun treat!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #AppleWeek . The sponsors are providing prize packages for readers to read and product for development of #AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

close up of white chocolate dipped caramel apple popcorn balls with popsicle sticks and red and white baker twine


     These fun caramel popcorn balls are flavored with real apple juice. They are delicious as is, but even more fun when dipped in white chocolate. Add a popsicle stick to complete the transformation from popcorn ball to caramel apple. These fun treats are perfect for fall parties either as dessert or as a parting favor.



     I am so excited to be starting another week devoted to apple recipes.  I look forward to this event each year and the lineup this week is fabulous.

    Chocoley is a new sponsor this year and one I didn't know much about before now. Their website is a chocolate lover and candy maker's dream come true.

frozen apple juice concentrate and butter in bottom of pan


     Their chocolate is ethically sourced and most products are allergy friendly. Everything is clearly marked and easy to navigate.

     The best part is they have specially formulated chocolate that allows for great dipping and molding without having to temper it first. And they do it without using a ton of wax, so it tastes so much better than the melting chocolate and barks you may be used to using.

apple juice concentrate and butter cooked down ready for caramel


      I was tempted to try a truffle or a filled chocolate until popcorn balls popped into my head. For some reason I think of popcorn balls are a perfect fall treat.

     They seem to come out around harvest time and Halloween. Really they are a perfect special treat for times like that when portability is as important as anything.

melted caramel with concentrated apple juice mixed in, ready for popcorn for popcorn balls


    These caramel apple popcorn balls take that autumn connection to the next level. With notes of fresh apple and sweet deep caramel they marry two perfectly fall desserts together into one amazing treat.

Making the caramel apple popcorn balls


    Making the actual popcorn balls is super easy. You start by making a bunch of popcorn.

popcorn coated in apple flavored caramel ready to make popcorn balls

      You can use your favorite popping method.  Stovetop, air popper,a few bags of microwave popcorn... it all works!

   Next, take a little butter and some frozen apple juice concentrate and cooking them down to concentrate the flavors even further.   This helps to get you some discernible apple flavor without adding too much liquid and making your popcorn balls mushy.

    Then add a pound of chewy caramel candies and melt them. I used a one pound tub of caramel from Chocoley, but a bag of candies from the store would work if you can't wait for your order to arrive.

freshly formed caramel apple popcorn balls on wax paper with popsicle sticks inserted


    Now form the popcorn into baseball sized balls and place on wax or parchment paper to set. You have a fabulous fall treat already!

     To take them to the next level, dip the bottoms in melted chocolate or white chocolate. Feel free to dust them with chopped nuts or sprinkles while the chocolate is wet.

dipping caramel apple popcorn balls in white chocolate with tray of chopped peanuts nearby


     Now insert a popsicle stick to make them extra cute. Wrap them up in cellophane or plastic wrap and pass them out to all of your new best friends.

Now pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

white chocolate dipped caramel apple popcorn balls with bites missing

Tips and tricks for making caramel apple popcorn balls


  Use a big pot or bowl or plan to work in batches. I used a 7 qt Dutch oven hoping the residual heat would give me plenty of time with soft caramel to make the balls and it worked like a charm.

    Grease your hands early and often! The warm caramel is sticky so keeping your hands coated with butter, shortening or even cooking spray helps keep the popcorn stuck to itself instead of you.

hand holding upside down caramel apple popcorn ball on popsicle stick


    If well wrapped, the popcorn balls will store for up to a couple of weeks at room temperature. So they are a great make ahead treat.

     Once the weather cools off, they would be a fun addition to care packages as well!

You may also like these fun recipes:

3 caramel apple popcorn balls on sticks with one dipped in white chocolate


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caramel popcorn balls, apple popcorn balls, caramel apple popcorn
dessert, popcorn
American
Yield: 15 servigs
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Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

Delicious popcorn balls held together with caramel that sings with the flavor of concentrated apple are a fall must try. Add a popsicle stick and dip them in white chocolate to make them an even more fun treat!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 25 M

ingredients:

  • 18 cups popped popcorn (about 3 bags microwave popcorn or 1 1/4 cup kernels)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice concentrate (the kind from the freezer section)
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 16 ounces chewy caramel candy 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound white chocolate
  • Optional: popsicle sticks, chopped peanuts, sprinkles

instructions:

How to cook Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

  1. Pick through popcorn and be sure there aren't any unpopped kernels in there. 
  2. In a large dutch oven or stock pot, cook the apple juice concentrate and butter over medium-low heat until it simmers. Stir constantly until its volume is reduced by half. It should be visibly thicker.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and add the caramel candy to the pot. Continue to stir until the caramels are completely melted. Stir in the salt and remove from heat. 
  4. Add popcorn to the pot and stir to coat.
  5. Grease hands well. Take a large handful of popcorn mixture and form into a ball about the size of a baseball. Place on a piece of wax paper to set. Continue until all popcorn has been used.
  6. If desired, insert popsicle sticks.
  7. Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave. Start with a 30 second burst, then stir well. Continue heating the chocolate 15 seconds at a time just until it will stir smooth. Be sure not to burn the chocolate.
  8. Dip the bottom half of the popcorn ball into the melted chocolate,  coat with nuts or sprinkles if desired.  Place back on the wax paper to set up. 
  9. Wrap in plastic wrap or cellophane and store at room temperature. 
Calories
366.79
Fat (grams)
18.58
Sat. Fat (grams)
9.26
Carbs (grams)
48.23
Fiber (grams)
1.03
Net carbs
47.20
Sugar (grams)
39.11
Protein (grams)
3.93
Sodium (milligrams)
234.17
Cholesterol (grams)
16.60
Created using The Recipes Generator


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Delicious popcorn balls held together with caramel that sings with the flavor of concentrated apple are a fall must try. Add a popsicle stick and dip them in white chocolate to make them an even more fun treat!


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49 comments:

  1. Yay, you know I get excited for Apple week. Not only are these adorable, but they sound soooo yummy!

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    1. I look forward to it too! This year was extra tasty!

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  2. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchenSeptember 16, 2019 at 7:37 AM

    OH EM GEE. These look FABULOUS, Carlee! I so have to try them soon!

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    1. You absolutely have to, they are so much fun!

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  3. These are so cute and yummy! Makes me wonder why I haven't made popcorn balls in years lol

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    1. I haven't either and now I can see a flurry of them coming, they are so much fun!

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  4. Love that you put these popcorn balls on a stick. So cute.

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  5. I love these!! Such a cute, fun, and tasty fall treat!

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  6. You already know I plan to add these to a fall flavors military care package as soon as the weather cools, but I'm thinking that I better make a batch or two beforehand...just to practice ;) These look and sound wonderful! Chewy and crunchy at the same time!

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    1. It sure seems like that would be the right thing to do!

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  7. Leslie:
    My favorite dish using apples is skillet fried. Sautee in butter. Add cinnamon and brown sugar. Sautee until caramelized.
    leslieannstevenson@yahoo.com

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  8. These look like the perfect sweet treat for autumn!!!

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  9. Adding the apple juice concentrate is such a fabulous idea! These are adorable.

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    1. It adds lots of flavor without too much liquid! Thank you

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  10. I love tat you put these on a stick! So cute.

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  11. I have never made caramel corn. I think I need to fix that. Now!

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    1. you really do! I happen to have 2 recipes for crunchy caramel corn on the site too in case you are in the mood for a ball ;-)

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  12. Wow, what an incredible amount of flavor these popcorn balls must have. Love the caramel touch.

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    1. The combo of flavors is so good together. Thanks!

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  13. I am in love with these caramel apple/popcorn ball hybrids! What a fun treat!

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  14. favorite dish is apple cobbler.

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  15. Apple season means Fall is here and we are so ready for cooler weather and crisp apples and apple desserts!

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  16. My vavortie dish is apple crumble/cobbeler

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  17. apple pie is mine usinng apples

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  18. That Chocoley caramel is fantastic and perfect for your popcorn balls! I need to order some more tubs of that!

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  19. Those caramel apple popcorn balls look so good! Popcorn balls are something I get nostalgic for. My favorite would be caramel apple deep dish pie - that’s always a hit when I make it!

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    1. Now I want a piece of your pie! Popcorn balls do have a bit of nostalgia to them, don't they? I need to make more of them!

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,450. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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  21. My husband loves popcorn and has quite a sweet tooth so I know he will love this! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at Meal Plan Monday.

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  22. These are such a great idea, I love the combination of popcorn balls and apples!

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