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Fun Wormy Caramel Popcorn Balls Recipe for Halloween

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Popcorn Balls for Kids Halloween Parties

Popcorn balls are a such a well loved traditional Halloween treat.  When my boys were all home I had a favorite large green fruit bowl that I would keep full of popcorn balls throughout the month of October.  These wormy caramel popcorn balls are a updated version with all the fun modern party supplies we just didn’t have a generation ago.

Caramel popcorn balls with gummy worm candy a Halloween treat for kids. Easy recipe made with marshmallows and caramel popcorn

Halloween Popcorn Ball Supplies

Start by making the popcorn balls.  I used 8 cups of purchased caramel corn, but you can use regular popped popcorn if you like.

You will need 8 cups of caramel corn

3/4 bag of marshmallows

1 tbsp of butter

24 gummy worms

Halloween cupcake liners, cake pop sticks and cellophane Halloween bags (dollar store)

Printable “A special treat for Halloween with worms just for you!”  labels

Butter the inside of a large bowl before adding the caramel popcorn.  Place the marshmallows and tablespoon of butter into the microwave and microwave on medium in 30 second increments until the marshmallows  puff up and melt.  Remove from the microwave and stir.   While stirring the marshmallows will quickly become a thick sauce.

Melted marshmallows for a popcorn balls recipe for Halloween

Pour the melted marshmallows over the caramel corn and mix with a large buttered spoon until well coated.

Layout the paper cupcake liners.

Note:   I have an anaphylactic allergy to food colouring, as the gummy worms are obviously coloured I am wearing prep gloves as a precaution.   Sorry if you find it distracting but I wanted the popcorn balls to be fun for the munchkins.  They did do a really great job of not getting sticky from the marshmallow.

To make the popcorn balls place about half a popcorn ball into your hand, add a gummy worm in the middle and then cover it with 1/4 of the popcorn.

Stuffing a popcorn balls with gummy candies for Halloween. Made with caramel popcorn, and marshmallows

Add a second gummy worm and then fill in the rest with popcorn.  You want the gummy worms to show on the outside.

Decorating caramel popcorn balls with gummy worms. An easy popcorn balls recipe made with caramel corn and marshmallows.

Squeeze hard to make sure the popcorn adheres.

Place the finished popcorn ball into a cupcake liner.

Gummy worm easy popcorn ball recipe for kids. Great Halloween treats for Halloween school parties, made with marshmallows and caramel corn.

Insert a stick and place inside a cellophane bag.

Adding sticks to popcorn balls for Halloween treats for a kids Halloween party

These popcorn balls are about half the size of a mammoth sized ones I use to make for my boys.  These ones are perfect for a little snack, and so easy to share at a Halloween party.

Halloween treat packages with popcorn, marshmallow,caramel and gummy worms with a fun label.

The little Halloween labels have space at the bottom if you want to write a name on each one.  The labels are tied one with simple black thin dollar store ribbon.

My recipe made a dozen smaller popcorn balls.

Popcorn balls with marshmallow and caramel

Some other Halloween Treat Recipe Ideas

These are super simple cupcakes to make for Halloween.

A Halloween cupcake with buttercream a toad and abracadabra free printable cupcake topper

Toad Halloween Cupcakes

With so many cookies, and cupcakes for Halloween, Last year I made these black cat brownies for something a bit different.

Halloween brownies with black cat silhouettes being served as a Halloween treat

Black Cat Brownies

Caramel popcorn balls with gummy worm candy a Halloween treat for kids.

Wormy Caramel Popcorn Ball Recipe for Halloween

Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:3 mins
Total Time:13 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 cups caramel corn
  • ¾ bag marshmallows
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 24 gummy worms

Decorating Supplies

  • 12 cupcake liners Halloween themed
  • 12 cake pop sticks
  • 12 cellophane treat bags

Instructions

  • Butter the inside of a large bowl, then add the caramel popcorn. 
  • Place the marshmallows and butter into microwave. Microwave in 30 second at a time until the marshmallows puff.  Remove from the microwave and stir. 
    Melted marshmallows for a popcorn ball recipe for Halloween
  • Pour the melted marshmallows over the caramel corn and mix with a large buttered spoon until well coated.
  • To make the popcorn balls place about half a popcorn ball into your hand, add a gummy worm in the middle and then cover it with 1/4 of the popcorn.
    Stuffing a popcorn ball with gummy candies for Halloween
  • Add a second gummy worm and then fill in the rest with popcorn.  You want the gummy worms to show on the outside.
    Decorating caramel popcorn balls with gummy worms.

Decorating the Popcorn Balls

  • Lay out the paper liners. Place the popcorn balls inside.
    Gummy worm popcorn ball recipe for kids
  • Insert a cake pop stick and then place in a cellphone Halloween bag
    Adding sticks to popcorn balls for Halloween treats for a kids Halloween party
  • Cut and hole punch all the Halloween labels. Tie onto each bundle with Halloween coloured ribbon.
    Halloween treat packages with popcorn, caramel and gummy worms with a fun label.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Halloween Treat
Servings: 12

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2 Comments

  1. Love your wormy take on popcorn balls, Leanna! Pinned to my Halloween board for others to try.

  2. I have a feeling I will never make these for myself but they are so darn cute I pinned them for others to make!

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