Florida Peanut and Chocolate Popcorn Balls

servings 6


1 cup salted Florida peanuts

16 cups popped popcorn

1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth)

4 cups miniature marshmallows

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips ( use any combination of milk, dark, white, peanut butter or toffee chips)

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

Pinch of salt to taste

1 cup chocolate melting wafers or chips (for melting and drizzling on the completed popcorn balls)


In a medium sauce pan, add butter and melt over medium-low heat. When butter is melted, add mini marshmallows. Continue cooking marshmallow and butter mixture while stirring. When most of the marshmallows have melted, add peanut butter, vanilla and small pinch of salt. Stir ingredients until completely smooth, and remove from heat. In a large mixing bowl, add popped popcorn and Florida peanuts. Carefully add melted marshmallow mixture to the mixing bowl with popcorn and peanuts. Stir popcorn mixture until evenly mixed. When popcorn mixture has cooled to room temperature, add chocolate chips and stir ingredients until evenly combined. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper. Form popcorn and peanut balls using your hands. You should be able to make at least 12 three-inch balls placing them on the lined cookie sheet when done.  In a small sauce pot, add 3 cups of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Use a glass bowl that will fit over the top of the small sauce pot to make a double boiler. Add melting chocolate to the glass bowl and let melt while occasionally stirring. When the chocolate is melted and smooth, use a spoon to have fun drizzling the chocolate over the completed popcorn balls. Chill slightly and serve.

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