Nothing beats a great popcorn ball at a Halloween Party! These Caramel Popcorn Balls are creepy and fun! Both kids and adults will devour them!
Today’s recipe for Caramel Popcorn Eyeballs is my last one this year for Halloween Treats Week. I hope you have enjoyed seeing all the creative things all of the festive treats as much as I have.
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This week’s recipes were all created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. Many generous sponsors sent products to use to make festive Halloween treats! As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
This recipe for caramel popcorn is my Grandma’s recipe. It’s one she always made and we all loved.
We realized a few years ago it was actually directly off of the corn syrup bottle word for word. Shhhhh… I’m sticking with it’s my Grandmas recipe… it sounds better than I got it off a label!
This recipe isn’t really sticky caramel…. once you’ve boiled it and poured it over the popcorn you’ll need to let it set or dry. The texture is dry, yet a soft crunch…. you have to try it. I promise you this old fashioned caramel popcorn will become a family favorite!
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How to make Caramel for Popcorn
- Use brown sugar to get a great caramel. When boiling it will get an even darker color.
- I used some deep red food coloring to give the eyeballs a bloodshot look. These popcorn balls would be good for any occasion, you can just change the color you use.
- Use gummy eyeballs and sugar eyeballs to make them creepy.
- The sugar caramel is really hot so you’ll want to let them cool a little bit before trying to form them
- Be sure and let them sit for at least 30 minutes. The sugar will get the most wonderful texture and then the popcorn ball will stay together when you eat it.
- Don’t like popcorn balls… this recipe is great for just plain caramel popcorn. You can sprinkle on festive sprinkles or just put it in a container and add Halloween treats like I did with the marshmallow sugar skulls!
- Dixie Crystals – Brown Sugar
- Adams Extract Vanilla (I also made a batch with the cherry extract and OMG!! They were fantastic! )
- Wilton – Halloween eyes and sprinkles
- Treat Street USA – gummy eyeballs and Skull Marshmallows
More Halloween Recipes you have to try!
- Spooky 7 Layer dip
- Halloween Dipped Cones with Pumpkin Ice Cream
- Jack-O-Lantern Cheese Board
- Creepy Eyeball Meatballs
- Spiderweb Dip
- Mummy Cheese Bread
- Purple People Eater Cocktail
- Hard Apple Bourbon Cocktail
- Ghoul’s Blood Cocktail
- Poison Apple Cupcakes from Big Bear’s Wife
- Apple Cider Jello Shots from Fake Ginger
- Ghost Meringue Cookies from Cookaholic Wife
- Eyeball Monster Cookies from Jen Around the World
- Spooky Eyeball Truffles from Sweet Beginnings
- Halloween Chocolate Cake from Back To My Southern Roots
- Bloody Eyeball Crinkle Cookies from Creative Southern Home
- Day of the Dead Margaritas from The Spiffy Cookie
- Ectoplasm Fluff Salad from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Loaded Bat Bark from Who Needs A Cape?
- Halloween Icebox Cake from Lemon Blossoms
- Creepy Eyeball Popcorn Balls from West Via Midwest
- Purple People Eater Cupcakes from Jonesin’ For Taste
- Caramel Apple Cheesecake Cheeseballs from Sweet ReciPEAs
- Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes from The Beard and The Baker
- Halloween Cakesickles from Pint Sized Baker
- Halloween M&M Cookie Bars from Katie’s Cucina
- Witches Midnight Puppy Chow from My Sweet Zepol
- Individual Jack Skellington Cheesecakes from Savory Moments
- Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Sprinkle Frosting from The Baking Fairy
- Halloween Brownie Parfait from Intelligent Domestications
- Bloody Good Fudge from A Blender Mom
- Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Frosting and Spooky Sprinkles from Nancie’s Table
- Spooky Shortbread Cookies from Shockingly Delicious
- 2 ½ Cups Brown Sugar
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla (Adams)
- 2 Tablespoons White Corn Syrup
- ¼ Cup Milk
- 1 Teaspoon Red Food Coloring (Adams)
- Gummy Eyeballs, sugar eyeballs
- 1 cup popcorn, unpopped
- 1 tablespoon Canola Oil
- Pour oil into a heavy bottom pan you have a lit for. Heat to high, about 2 minutes.
- Add popcorn and pop until all kernels have burst.
- If you are uncertain how much you pan will hold, pop the corn in batches so it doesn't overflow.
- Line a large jelly roll pan with parchment paper.
- Once In a large bowl, place all popped popcorn.
- In a second pan, add brown sugar, vanilla, food coloring, milk and corn syrup.
- Bring to a boil, let boil for 1-2 minutes until all sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and stir until all bubbles have ceased.
- Careful of hot sugar, pour caramel over popcorn. Then immediately take a spoon/spatula and stir immediately to coat. Let sit for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Sugar will still be hot, but you need to put them into balls while it is still moldable.
- Using your hands form loose balls. Immediately place eyeballs around the edges of the ball.
- Alternatively, use Halloween colored sprinkles in the bowl when you are stirring the caramel. It also makes a festive popcorn ball.
- Place finished balls on parchment paper to set for about 20 minutes.
- Serve within 2 days. Store in airtight sealed container on the counter until ready to serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 0g
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. Please calculate your own nutritional information if you want it exact to what you make and use my calculations as a guide only.