• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Madrid, Spain
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    San Salvador, El Salvador
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    Saint Paul, MN
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One thing about Halloween that has always been a tradition in my family is popcorn balls.  I remember, when I was just a little girl, staying at my grandma’s house close to the Halloween holiday and making them with her from scratch.  They were always a favorite for my older brother and me, and as I have grown up, they remain one of my most iconic foods of the season.  Everytime I eat one, I think of the wonderful memories I have of my grandma and what terrific opportunities I had with her. 

So, with that being said, I am going to share a couple of different ways to make delicious popcorn balls for the Halloween holiday, just like I used to make when I was a kid.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups plain air-popped popcorn

Combine the first 2 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Then, add peanut butter and vanilla off the heat.  Mix and pour over popcorn.  Form the mixture into balls and drop on wax paper.  Let them cool and harden, and enjoy.

Marshmallow Version

Instead of using a saucepan with sugar and corn syrup, instead melt 8 cups of mini marshmallows with a quarter cup of butter and pour over popcorn.  Roll into balls.  It’s like Rice Krispy treats with POPCORN!

Caramel Version

Melt 1 package of Kraft caramels with a quarter cup of butter and pour over popcorn.  Roll into balls. 

Customizing your popcorn balls:

You can add just about ANYTHING to your coating mixture to make your popcorn balls uniquely you.  Some awesome mix-ins are:

  • Candy corn
  • Reeses Pieces
  • Peanuts
  • M and Ms
  • Mini Pretzels
  • Red Hots

Yummy!  Happy eating and have fun creating some new Halloween memories 🙂

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