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Peanut Candy Popcorn Balls

 Peanut Candy Popcorn Balls
Kids love these colorful novelties, concocted from popcorn, nuts, M&M's and marshmallows, so they make great stocking stuffers. Instead of balls, the salty-sweet recipe can be shaped into a cheery cake using a buttered angel food cake pan.
20 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1-1/2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 package (16 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 2-1/2 cups red and green milk chocolate M&M's

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts, pecans and M&M's; set
  • aside. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, oil and
  • marshmallows; cook and stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture;
  • mix well.
  • When cool enough to handle, shape into popcorn balls. Let stand at
  • room temperature until firm before wrapping in plastic wrap or
  • stacking. Yield: about 20 popcorn balls.
Nutritional Facts: 1 popcorn ball equals 440 calories, 29 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 195 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.