Sunday, March 4, 2012

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

My roommates and I watch a lot of movies here in Jersey, so I thought whipping up these sweet popcorn balls would make for a nice midweek snack. I'm a big fan of the sweet and salty combo, so I added some crushed pretzels to them. (Not gonna lie, I might have dumped a little of that bottom-of-the-bag salt into the mix....)

Even if you're not a baker, these have got to be the easiest treats to throw together. They do have to sit and cool for a few hours, but the final product is totally worth the wait. However, if you're impatient like me, eating the warm stuff out of the bowl is prettyyy awesome. Store these in an airtight container for up to a week and if you want that gooey, fresh taste days later, zap them in the microwave for a few seconds to get that just-made melty goodness!

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls
Makes: 24 popcorn balls  Prep: 20 minutes  Total: 4 hour

One bag popped popcorn
8-ounces white chocolate chips
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
3 cups pretzels, crushed

Melt white chocolate in a microwaveable bowl in 30-second increments. Once the white chocolate is almost completely melted, add peanut butter and microwave one more time. Stir until fully incorporated.
Combine popped popcorn and crushed pretzels in a large bowl. Pour white chocolate peanut butter mixture over the corn and toss until covered. Let mixture cool for 20-30 minutes. With a large spoon or cup (I used 1/4 measuring cup) form mixture into balls and drop on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let cool for another 2-3 hours until completely hard and store in an airtight container.

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