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Caramel Popcorn Balls

I've been a fan of popcorn since my mother used to grow corn in our garden. I've shared this special treat for years. Friends and family often request it during the holiday.—Anne Welsh, Greenwood, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    10 popcorn balls


  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 3 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 42 caramels
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  • Combine popcorn and cereal in a large bowl; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan over low heat or in a microwave-safe dish, heat caramels and water until the caramels are melted. Stir in peanuts and salt; mix well. Pour over popcorn mixture and toss to coat.
  • With buttered hands, shape into 3-in. balls. Reshape if necessary when partially cooled.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 320 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • slmacbeth
    Jan 14, 2019

    They held together very nicely for me. We enjoyed them very much.

  • applemill
    Dec 27, 2012

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  • silverscribler
    Dec 16, 2012

    I like the taste of these, but it is so difficult to get them to hold together that I don't believe I'll try it again.

  • tgbvmb
    Aug 18, 2009

    Holiday Popcorn BallsMold popcorn balls around the straight ends of candy canes. Wrap with plastic wrap, tie with ribbon and hang on your Christmas tree by their crooks. They are great gifts for drop-in guests …and recipients have tasty “handles” to hold their popcorn balls. —Kathryn A., Oak Harbor, Washington

  • Joy and Carissa
    Nov 21, 2008

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