Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls and Witches Brew, Too

Love caramel apples but HATE the sticky mess? Try these yummies instead!

Caramel Apple Popcorn Balls

1 1/2 qts. popped popcorn
2 cups rice crispies
1/2 cup chopped dried apples
14 oz. package caramels, unwrapped
2 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon

Toss popcorn, rice crispies and apples together in a large bowl; set aside. Place caramels, water and butter in a saucepan and heat over low until caramels are melted and stir smooth. Add cinnamon and remove from heat. Pour over popcorn mixture; toss to coat. Let cool for 5 minutes and shape into balls using slightly damp and buttered hands. Arrange on wax paper until firm. Wrap individually in waxed paper. Recipe make 8 good sized balls, but I like to make about 24 little ones for easier party munching.

And sure to be a favorite...Black Witches Brew! It sure freaked my kids out this afternoon when I made up a batch for the photo shoot...Thanks to my friend Jeni for the *great* sticker.

Black Witches Brew

1 .14 ounce envelope unsweetened grape drink mix
1 .14 ounce envelope unsweetened orange drink mix
2 cups sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 liter ginger ale, chilled

Stir together grape and orange drink mixes, sugar and water until dissolved. Combine with 1 liter of ginger ale right before serving.

For more great Halloween ideas, check out Scribbit's Winter Bazaar!


Anonymous said...

Oh the caramel apple balls are perfect! I have to bring a snack for my son's school party and it can't be a Halloween thing. It's just an Autumn Harvest Party that happens to be on October 31st... This will be a great treat to bring!

M said...

Oh that witches brew is awesome!

Ice Cream said...

I never would have thought of mixing cool aids to get black. Very cool. Thanks so much for the carmel apple popcorn recipe, I think we will have to make that tonight because I have all the ingredients.

Kristi said...

The witches brew is SO awesome!! And I think I better just forget I ever saw the recipe for the caramel apple balls, they sound addictive!

Scribbit said...

I like the Infested label, that just makes it tastier :)

And reading Linda Nichols? That's irony for you :)

Scribbit said...

Okay I know this will seem a huge coincidence but your name was drawn as the winner of the costume. I had said that anyone participating in the Winter Bazaar through yesterday would get their name in the pot and you, number 54, came up. You can have either a stinkbug costume or a green dragon/dinosaur/lizard (however you like to interpret that). Just let me know. :)