All-Natural Halloween Popcorn Balls

This Halloween, indulge in an all-natural popcorn ball recipe that’s made without refined sugar or corn syrup! These homemade popcorn balls are sheer genius—you can feed them guilt-free to the kids that come trick or treating… or just treat yourself to a little Halloween nostalgia. Check out this old-fashioned way to make wonderfully buttery, caramel popcorn balls at home.


2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup popcorn kernels
1 stick salted butter
½ cup honey or agave
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch cinnamon
1 tablespoon spirulina or green food powder, optional


Preheat oven to 320°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat (don’t let the oil smoke or it will burn). Add popcorn and cover. Cook until kernels all pop, shaking frequently, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Combine butter, honey, and molasses in a medium skillet over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; simmer over medium-low 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon and green powder, if using.

Pour butter mixture over popcorn; stir well with a spoon to evenly coat. Spread mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet. Place in oven and bake 20 minutes, gently stirring popcorn every 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool until just able to handle. Using hands, shape popcorn mixture into 10 evenly-sized balls. Allow to cool completely before serving

Makes 12 popcorn balls

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