There’s just something about popcorn balls that takes me back to classroom parties! We used to have red and green popcorn balls for Christmas and orange popcorn balls for Halloween. Though my kids aren’t currently attending a regular school, we do have a Valentine’s Day party to attend this week. So we’re bringing Pink Velvet Popcorn Balls!
Why Pink Velvet? Well, the Walmart Moms were challenged to come up with a Valentine’s Day recipe using Duncan Hines’ New Signature Pink Velvet Layer Cake Mix ($1.38 at Walmart). I figured, why not use cake batter mix in popcorn balls? After all, Shelley at Cookies and Cups made amazing looking Red Velvet Krispie Treats. If Rice Krispies taste good with cake batter, popcorn should too!
And it does!
Even though I’m not supposed to be eating sugar, I had a teeny tiny bite of these Pink Velvet Popcorn Balls of goodness. Then I may have cried, because I couldn’t eat any more.
My children and husband all agreed that Pink Velvet Popcorn Balls are here to stay.
The cool part about this recipe? Pink Velvet Popcorn Balls are super-easy to make and easy to transport to kid parties. I know, because to get these tempting treats out of the house, I sent them with my oldest to a youth group event.
The Bible says we’re supposed to flee from temptation, right? So I sent these sugary treats packing to a place where hungry teens with great metabolisms could enjoy them.
I guess I should get to the recipe before Valentine’s Day gets here, shouldn’t I? Enjoy!
P.S. If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, be sure to follow my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board!
- ¾ cup popcorn kernels
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 tsp. water
- ½ cup dry Duncan Hines Signature Pink Velvet Cake mix
- Pop popcorn in an air popper (or using your favorite method of popping corn). Add 1 tsp salt to the dry popcorn. Mix. Keep popcorn warm in the oven, while you make the syrup. A large, greased roasting pan is works well for this.
- In a pan over low heat, melt together corn syrup, marshmallows, butter, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat.
- Stir in dry cake mix and mix well.
- Pour syrup mixture over popcorn and mix well. Using greased hands, quickly form into balls and let cool. Wrap them in cellophane and tie with a ribbon, if you like.
This post is linked at Good Tips Tuesday and A Little R&R.