Easy, Allergy-Free Popcorn Balls

A few weeks ago I went to an event for families and was asked to bring treats. For some reason, I have a lot of friends who have kids with allergies. I wanted to find a gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free, egg-free recipe. Luckily, I knew how to make these awesome popcorn balls. Did you know popcorn is gluten free?

The color of the popcorn balls depends on the flavor of Jello you add. I chose strawberry because the idea of little, pink popcorn balls filled my heart with joy.

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Start with 10 cups of popcorn. You can either use a fancy popper and pop your own or…. use 2-3 bags of microwave popcorn. To keep this dairy free, make sure the popcorn has no butter.

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Then in a saucepan, combine:

  • 1 C corn syrup
  • 1/2 C sugar

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Once this mixture starts to boil, let the sugar dissolve, remove it from the heat and stir in

  • 1 3-oz package Jello

Stir until the Jello dissolves into the sugar and corn syrup.

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Pour this goodness over the popcorn and stir until it’s all combined. This takes a little time and patience, but there is plenty of sugary syrup to coat all the popcorn.

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Unless you want blisters on your hands, let this cool for about five minutes. Use some pure-oil (again for allergies) cooking spray and spray your hands. Take small handfulls and roll it into balls.

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After they’re completely cool, put them in plastic baggies. I just used the fold-over kind, but if I were more like Donna Reed, I may have wrapped them in square pieces of plastic wrap and tied them with a cute bow. I however was content with my fold-over sandwich baggies.

Aren’t these adorable? Plus, they’re really tasty. I don’t know if adults are supposed to still like popcorn balls, but I’m a fan.

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One Response to “Easy, Allergy-Free Popcorn Balls”

  1. Susan
    July 12, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    Did you know that Grandma Martin loves popcorn balls? She would love it if you would send her some.