When it comes to making fun treats the kids will enjoy, anything that uses popcorn is probably a winner! These toffee apple popcorn balls are simple to make, pack a major taste punch and are super kid friendly. Perfect as an after school treat or snack and great for a party.
The dried apple in these helps to give an apple pie/ toffee apple flavour and the popcorn and pepitas help to give crunch, making an all around yummy experience. If you kids love caramel popcorn then this is a guaranteed winner!
Do you pop your own popcorn? I do, it's super simply to do and makes popcorn a really cheap and easy treat to make. There's a video here that you can watch that will show you my method.
It's up to you if you want to put them on sticks, I would for a party, but they are just a pain for the lunchbox, they do look super cute on the sticks though- like proper little toffee apples! I found my sticks at Woolies in the cake decorating section, so they are simple to find, Big W also stocks them and the party section of target and kmart has them too.
I think everything on skewers looks cuter than without! These are gluten free and perfect for a party, or even for taking in for a treat for school.
If you want to make these dairy free, you could probably swap the butter for coconut oil, but I haven't tested it. If you're looking for other ways to use popcorn, these popcorn chocolate crackles are amazing and not just for parties!
These need to be kept refrigerated until just before eating (but are ok with a good freezer brick in the lunchbox).
Toffee apple popcorn balls
- 4 cups popcorn- approx 75 grams when unpopped
- ½ cup pepitas
- 1 cup 95grams of dried apple roughly chopped
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 65 grams butter
- 125 mls rice malt syrup
- Combine the butter and rice malt syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Cook until thick and frothy.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Pour over the hot butter and syrup mixture over the popcorn.
- Work quickly to form tablespoons of the mixture into balls.
- Insert cake pop sticks (or don't) and refrigerate until set - about 2 hours.