How good is popcorn? Eat it freshly popped with no topping as a healthy snack or cover it in salted caramel and bake it in the oven for an indulgent dessert. I’ll take either!

And kids love popcorn too. Usually the highly salted or sugar varieties but you have to start somewhere right? These fruity honey popcorn balls sit somewhere in the middle. They use raw microwave popcorn with honey and dried fruit to make sweet little popcorn balls. They are soft, not crunchy and almost melt in your mouth. Perfect as snacks for kids or a fun party treat. Yummo!

A word of warning – these are messy to eat, will fall apart easily and leave you with sticky fingers. Sounds perfectly delicious right?! But, not great for lunchboxes but ideal for a Friday afternoon snack when the kids get home from school. Enjoy!

Fruity honey popcorn balls

Makes 20 balls (or maybe more if you don’t eat the mixture as you are going!)

Ingredients

1 85g packet raw microwave popcorn
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup honey
1 cup dried fruit, roughly chopped (apricots and apple work well but you could use other dried fruit you have in the cupboard)

Method

Cook popcorn in microwave according to the packet directions. I’m not sure if it is just me but microwave popcorn never seems to take as long to cook as the packet indicates. Avoid burning the popcorn by stopping it as soon as the “popping” stops. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and add the dried fruit.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and then add the honey. Stir to combine and keep on the heat until the mixture starts to simmer.

Remove the honey from the heat and pour over the popcorn. Using a spoon, fold the honey through the popcorn. This will take a few minutes. It may seem like you don’t have enough honey but if you just keep mixing the popcorn around, it will all become coated in the honey mixture. Set aside for 10 minutes to completely cool down.

Now comes the fun part – making the popcorn balls! Lay a sheet of baking paper on a plate or chopping board (one that will easily fit in your fridge). Either wet your hands or use a bit of spray oil. Taking a small handful of mixture at a time (use an ice cream scoop as a guide) shape the mixture into a ball by pressing the mixture together. This is quite good therapy if you have had a bad day or the kids are driving you up the wall! Carefully place the balls onto the baking paper and then into the freezer for a couple of hours to set.

They can be stored in an airtight container for about a week.

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