Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

Self Control
Appears to have dissappeared somewhere between the arrival of the mail on Tuesday
{when baked goods fanatic sis, Holly, mailed me a box of Whoopie Pies all the way from her Newport Beach Susie Cakes. However do I choose which to love more? Sis or Susie Cakes. It’s such a conundrum.}

…and Wednesday…

{when Krandy’s Sweet Co. delivered a box of Kristi’s Triple Threat Cookies, stuft in the centre with pure milk chocolate, gooey caramel, and macadamia nuts. Um, Hello.)

therefore making it nearly impossible to view my pedicure-denied toesies through my trusty hide-the-chub Hippie T.

(God bless the BoHo style.)

If Self Control is found running rampant in the bakery aisles or vacationing in a bowl of shortening,
please retain with a leash and kennel until I contact you.
I’ve decided I may not need it back.

Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

I’m feeling so wondrously inspired by apples as of late. Perhaps it’s because the eating of a few would be very good for my system. All these baked goods arriving in the mail are more than one girls fat cells can take. So, I jaunted to our Farmer’s Market this week and filled a basket full of apples red and apples green. Pink ladies, Gala’s, Jonathons, Delicious. Looking at all those apples make me think of carameled apples. And carameled apples made me think of caramel popcorn. And, before you know it, these pretty little caramel-apple popcorn balls emerged from a pot. Be warned, there’s not a real apple in the recipe, but the apple candy flavoring makes them so tremendously good, your dentist might agree to count them as a serving of fruit.

You’ll find this caramel is the best kind for making popcorn balls, soft and pliable it’s easy to bite into, but cools firm enough to hold the balls together. Oh, and it’s good. So good. Enjoy! Enjoy!

1 stick butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 c. light corn syrup

1/4 c. sweetened condensed milk

1/4 tsp. apple flavoring oil

1/2 tsp. Wilton no-flavor red coloring paste

Combine all ingredients (except apple flavoring) in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Once boiling, cook for 2 1/2 minutes (just until soft-ball stage). Remove from heat, add flavoring & coloring, then allow to cool slightly.

Pour caramel over 6-8 cups of fresh popped popcorn. If using an air-popper, 1/3 cup of kernels makes the perfect sized batch of popped corn. Save your teeth: Don’t forget to remove any unpopped seeds. When caramel is poured over popcorn, stir until well coated, then begin forming into large, well-packed balls. Stick a wooden dowel into the center of each popcorn ball. (To decorate wooden dowels, simply hot-glue ribbons and a paper leaf on before poking into popcorn balls). If you still know where your self-control is, be sure to cool & set completed balls before serving.

I need some serious fessing up.
How do you find your self-control when it’s gone. GONE. GONE?!
Please. Share your secrets lest I absorb all the worlds dimples into the back of my heiny, therefore ridding our good universe of their polka-dotted darlingness.
However would Mario Lopez and John Travolta’s chin thereafter make a living?!

37 Responses to “Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls”

  1. Natalie says:

    It's hard and and unsatisfying for me to practice self control. I prefer to exercise to keep up with how much I eat!

    Oh and the caramel apple popcorn balls are so adorable! I bet they taste fantastic.

  2. Jeannetta says:

    Self control…I'll have to get back to you :)
    The popcorn balls however…

  3. It's All Good says:

    i just go crazy til my body shuts down in a coma like nature I usually call "sleep", than I wake up and go crazy all over again….

  4. Snooky doodle says:

    wow these look so nice! I doubt if I can resist these :) yummy Holding one of these will make feel like a child again :)

  5. The Woman says:

    These look so cute! And on a side-note, I'm beginnning to believe that self-control is a myth! HAHAHA.

  6. Jas. says:

    I agree with Natalie – this is why I pay so much for a gym membership so that I can eat frosting the rest of the time!

  7. shaz says:

    Hi there,

    I saw these too-too cute "apples" on Foodgawker and followed them here. I love your blog!

    And self control? What's that?

  8. Kristi says:

    I'm thinking I might just have to try those caramel apples! Cute and they look tasty!!
    Thanks for the shout out for krandy's sweet co.!! Love it!

  9. tallmisto says:

    These are amazing. Self control eludes me when it comes to rice pudding, anything with caramel, and tea.

    Where does one find apple flavoring oil?

  10. Valerie says:

    These popcorn balls look so cute. They'd be perfect at the upcoming bake sale I'm in charge of. And I'm drooling over those whoppie pies!!!!

  11. The Cooking Photographer says:

    Omgosh!!!! Those are amazing! Apple oil in a popcorn ball? And they are so beautiful!

    I am once again in awe.

    And I have another recipe to use forever!


  12. Chic Cookies says:

    These are crazy cute! I linked on my edible crafts column ( Crazy cute!

  13. natesgirl says:

    my self control I find usually comes back once the last cookie is eaten so I speed up the process.. :-)

    I love this post BTW I want to try this with my girls!

  14. natesgirl says:

    my self control I find usually comes back once the last cookie is eaten so I speed up the process.. :-)

    I love this post BTW I want to try this with my girls!

  15. HoneyB says:

    Love these!

    I get my self control back when I've eaten myself sick. ;-)

  16. Dorothy says:

    Self control? Who needs it? :) The caramel apple pops look amazing! It's a good thing I have to wear braces for another 6-9 months, or else I'd be making (and eating!) the whole batch for myself.

  17. number17cherrytreelane says:

    those just look ridiculously good.
    The end.

  18. Lovey says:

    These look too cute to eat, but I think I could be persuaded. :P

    We're going to try them for our Friday night treat. Thanks for sharing the recipe and great pictures!

  19. Peggy says:

    These are so sweet!
    I love them and I hope you don't mind I posted to my blog!

  20. Peggy says:

    Oops, I am asking if it is ok to post to my blog.I gave you credit!!
    I don't want to unless its ok

  21. Jeannette says:

    self control… pah. its called working out. grab those kiddos and go for a bike ride everyday, or an after dinner walk with the family. :)

  22. Ashley says:

    i stare at the back of my legs and bum and some how self control shows up. of course if pie is anywhere in the vicinity, self control cowers in the corner.

  23. Kei says:

    These look ridiculously good. Popcorn balls remind me so much of my childhood. I can't wait to make these! I love your blog. Just discovered it a few weeks ago. It's such a pleasure to read. Don't stop doing what you do!

  24. Ariel says:

    too cute! I can make those balls for my daughter ladybug birthday party….can I add some chocolate smary or some thinghs other black…?!

  25. 50s Housewife says:

    Self control…well I'll let you know when I find it. :)

    The popcorn balls look delish and so cute!

  26. Lisa says:

    The popcorn balls are beautiful! I recently wrote a post on my blog about how I was giving up dieting forever and that I was going to simply stick with good healthy living. I realized I can do that, so long as every once in a while, I have a special treat. The treats become special since I don't have them every day (but I do have them every week), and I really look forward to them. Try it — you won't want treats all of the time becuase then they lose their "specialness." And, yes, I think I just made up a new word. :o)

  27. megan says:

    Yummy looking popcorn balls…one of my favorite snacks. I will have to make these for my next party.

  28. The Deming Four says:

    HI – I have a question regarding your puffed pancakes – how much batter do you spoon in the mugs? half full or 2/3s full?
    I'd love to make them this weekend – could you email me a response? Thank you so much!!! LOOOVE your site!

  29. Scott, Tauna and Camille says:

    I have a theory: Your 'self-control' came and kidnapped my 'self-control' and they've run off together somewhere, laughing all the way! Apparently they got really, really tired of trying to control someone (especially in my case) that was totally out of control! If they every show up, I promise to wrangle yours and bring it back. However, I'm not keeping my hopes up!

    Love your blog! Keep it coming. Thank you! Aloha!

    Maui, HI

  30. oneordinaryday says:

    Oh my gosh, these are so stinkin' cute.

  31. BECKY says:

    Oh I'm way excited to follow your blog! I just noticed on those pretty feet are JERUSALEM CRUISERS!! I'll have you know that Jenn and I picked those out for you. :) (That's how I know your husband.) It'll be fun to get to know you now! :)

  32. Sarah Groundwater says:

    These are adorable! My grandmother taught me to make popcorn balls – I thought only prairie girls ate them. Have you tried the Honey Crisp apple yet? GO get one NOW! They are a bit hard to find but the search is worth it.

  33. Lovey says:

    For anyone who lives in a small town like me, procuring apple flavoring oil is not the easiest task. I kept forgetting to order it online, and then happened to be in Hobby Lobby and stumbled upon it! They had about a dozen different flavors so I am stocked up with some basics now! We can finally make these yummy-looking treats!!!

  34. Lovey says:

    Finally got around to making these tonight. They rock! You rock! Happy Halloween!

  35. Angela Taylor says:

    I would really love to know how much these apple caramel balls are and would really like to know how many i could order at a time. You can reach me via e-mail or phone 601-738-5087 please leave a message and I’ll return call

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