With food allergies,
I’m always trying to come up with safe, fun ways to do Halloween close to home.
So one year I thought it would be fun to try progressive fire pits with a few neighbors.
One house hosted hot dog roasting,
one house had dairy-free smores,
and our house served up hot apple cider and popcorn.
I planned to make simple bags of yummy stove top popcorn,
but somehow ended up with amazing caramel popcorn balls, instead!
And they were a huge hit with the kids and adults alike.
This creation came about when I started playing around with a possible caramel sauce to coat the popcorn in.
Once I tossed the popcorn in the sauce and after a few minutes of cooling,
I realized the consistency was perfect for popcorn balls.
Dairy-free popcorn balls!
“These turned out absolutely scrumptious!! Thanks for perfecting a wonderful, healthy recipe and sharing it with everyone!” Pinterest Reader
If you don’t want to mess with making popcorn balls,
just leave the popcorn loose and simply toss in the delicious caramel sauce.
This recipe calls for no corn syrup AND no candy thermometer.
Easy peasy and perfect!
See the popcorn ball recipe below.
DAIRY-FREE CARAMEL POPCORN BALLS
Makes about 6-8 softball size popcorn balls.
3 tablespoons coconut oil
Mix brown sugar and honey in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat, stirring often.
While caramel mixture is heating, make a batch of our stove top popcorn.
Once caramel mixture is thin and boils 2-3 minutes, take off heat and add vanilla.
When popcorn is done popping, take off heat.
Move the popped popcorn to a large bowl, leaving out any un-popped kernels.
Pour caramel mixture over the popped popcorn and toss until all popcorn is coated. Be sure to get all the caramel at the bottom of the bowl.
Sprinkle sea salt over caramel popcorn, tossing and salting it all.
If not making popcorn balls, let cool enough to eat.
If making popcorn balls, let cool enough for you to handle.
Work rather quickly as you form the popcorn into balls while still warm.
Use wax paper to pick up a handful of popcorn and form into a ball.
The popcorn will not stick together as well after it’s cooled so keep moving quickly to form the popcorn balls.
Once cooled, store each popcorn ball in a baggy or wrap in plastic wrap and tie shut with twine.
You may also like our dairy-free caramel dip recipe!