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Caramel Popcorn Balls

YIELD Makes 10 to 12 balls

INGREDIENTS

16 cups plain popped popcorn (do not use buttered popcorn)
1 package (14 ounces) caramels
1/4 cup butter
Pinch of salt
1‑2/3 cups shredded coconut
1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
10 to 12 lollipop sticks
Halloween sprinkles and decorations (optional)

PREPARATION:

  1. Place popcorn in large bowl.
  2. Place caramels and butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until caramels and butter are melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in salt and coconut. Remove caramel mixture from heat; pour over popcorn. With large wooden spoon, mix until popcorn is evenly coated. Let cool slightly.
  3. Place chocolate chips in microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 minute; stir. Microwave on HIGH for additional 30-second intervals until chips are completely melted, stirring after each 30-second interval. Stir until smooth.
  4. When popcorn mixture is cool enough to handle, grease hands with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Shape popcorn mixture into baseball-sized balls; place 1 lollipop stick in each ball. Dip each popcorn ball into melted chocolate and roll in Halloween decorations, if desired. Place on waxed paper until chocolate is set.
Variation
Pour melted chocolate over caramel popcorn mixture; mix by hand until popcorn is coated with chocolate. Spread evenly on baking sheet lined with waxed paper until chocolate is set.
This recipe appears in: Halloween
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