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Cinnamon Candy Popcorn Balls

We know you never quite know what to do with all those cinnamon we have the perfect recipe.

November 18th, 2015

We think these are the perfect snack for a classroom Valentine's Day Party...they're simple to make, fun to eat and shout Happy Valentine's Day with their cinnamon heart red and popcorn white colours.
  • vegetable cooking spray
  • 10 Cups popped popcorn, un-popped kernels discarded
  • 1/2 Cups unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cups light corn syrup
  • 1/3 Cups cinnamon candy hearts
  • 1 Cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • a few drops cinnamon oil
  • a few drops red food colouring
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.

  2. Lightly oil a rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray. Place popcorn on sheet pan and transfer to oven to keep warm, while caramel is cooking.

  3. In a heavy deep-sided pot set over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon hearts; stir gently until cinnamon hearts dissolve.

  4. Stop stirring and bring to a boil. Continue to cook until caramel is a deep reddish brown and a candy thermometer registers 270°F, about 7-8 minutes. Turn to low and stir in marshmallows, salt, baking soda, cinnamon oil and red food colouring. Remember to use caution when working with hot caramel.

  5. Pour caramel over warm popcorn and toss gently using two spatulas to evenly coat. Working quickly, use a wooden spoon to scoop popcorn into a metal 1-cup measure and press top with wooden spoon. Turn out onto a clean surface. Carefully round into a ball using hands and continue with remaining popcorn in the same way.

  6. If popcorn cools too much to form into balls, return popcorn on sheet pan to oven for a few minutes until caramel is soft again.

Cinnamon Candy Popcorn Balls
Jennifer Hamilton

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