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Back to school is quickly approaching and for me it is a bit bittersweet. As a teacher, it means that my summer days filled with swims, gardening and movies are almost over and back to work! However it doesn’t mean that I am not going to fill these last few weeks with great events for my family and I.
This past week we went to see the NEW Ghostbusters movie that is now in theaters and we loved it! My littlest has been singing the “Who you gonna call?” all over the house, so I thought I would take a cue from our great day out at the movies and make these Ghostbusters – inspired popcorn balls.
You can’t see a movie without popcorn, right? So these delicious caramel popcorn balls will be perfect to send the kids back to school with their new lunchbags and backpacks. When I was in Walmart this week they had these adorable M&M’s® Milk Chocolate Bottles with Ghostbusters themed packaging, I knew my kids would love them.
In fact Walmart, had a great Back to School Display with all sorts of candy, from the Mixed Mini Variety Bag to M&M’s® Peanut Butter Bite Size Chocolate (Mom’s favorite!) and of course M&M’s® Milk Chocolate. I knew that I wanted to incorporate M&M’s® Milk Chocolate into my Caramel Popcorn Balls.
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M&M’s® Caramel Popcorn Balls
6 cups popped popcorn
1 cup light corn syrup
1 15 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 c light brown sugar
½ cup butter
1 cup M&M’s®
1 cup chocolate chips (melted for drizzle)
In a medium pot over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter stirring occasionally bring to a boil.
Add condensed milk and bring mixture to a boil again and let simmer until it becomes caramel like in color and consistency- approx. 2 minutes.
Place popcorn and M&M’s® into a large bowl and mix.
Carefully pour caramel over popcorn.
Using plastic wrap, scoop up mixture and form into balls using the plastic wrap as “gloves”.
Drizzle with melted chocolate.
Don’t these look delicious? Everyone will be sure to love finding this special treat on the first day back to school! Enjoy every last minute this summer has to offer, I know I will! Have a look of all these inspiring ideas for back to school here with the help of Mars and Walmart and be sure to see Ghostbusters- it was really funny.