Popcorn Balls & Ice Cream Topper with Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn #Cbias #PepsiVsCoke

For me personally, the Superbowl is an excuse to get together with friends and family have fun and eat our favorite foods.  This year, my husband went to hang out with the guys at a friends house, and my girlfriends came over with their kids.  When I think Superbowl, I think the game(duh!), friends, fun and FOOD! :)  This year is extra special because well.. GO GIANTS, so excited they won, I secretly would have been happy with any team winning, they are all incredibly talented and passionate.  But because of NY..well.. YAY GIANTS!  

Since it was just us ladies, and little ones we kept it simple.  Initially wanting to order pizza, we ended up eating homemade delicious vegetable filled dinner, and had some fun snacks.  As for drinks, Pepsi is our voted favorite among friends when it comes to #PepsiVsCoke, yay #TeamPepsi!  Water for the kids :)  Chips, dip, pretzels sticks, ice cream..and POPcorn is a must!  We have two favorite brands of popcorn, one is ConAgra Foods Orville Redenbacher's microwavable popcorn, I feel it has less kernels left after popping than other brands, and great flavor.

We all chipped in drinks and food for our little get together, but it wasn't many of us.  I wanted to make something different this year, so my son and I went on a little shopping trip to Duane Reade few days before the Superbowl to buy a few things we needed, you can see our photo story HERE on google +.  I made sweet popcorn balls, and an ice cream topper using Orville Redenbacher's popcorn, everyone loved it.

To make them yourself, you will need:

  • 2 of Orville Redenbacher's Microwavable Popcorn (flavor I chose Movie Theater Butter)
  • 1 1/4 cup of Water
  • 1 1/2 cups of Sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Brown Rice Syrup OR Corn Syrup (I used brown rice syrup)
  • 1tsp of White Vinegar
  • 1/2tsp of Salt
  • 1tsp of Vanilla Extract
  • 2 little 1oz Boxes of Raisins (or any other additives; seeds, nuts, dried fruits..etc)
Follow easy directions.

Once both bags are popped like this, set aside 1bowl each,
mix in raisins, nuts, seeds, whatever you want. :) 

Mix in water, sugar, syrups, vinegar, & salt

Boil medium to high heat, add Vanilla Extract.

Once boiled for about 15min (until thickened) scoop half of liquid pour over one bowl of popcorn & mix.
Wrap tight in plastic wrap and freeze (Use later as an ice cream topper)

Let the other half of liquid come back to boil, add 1/2 cup of sugar. Boil
medium to high heat until really thick (another~10min).  Mix with other
bowl of popcorn, grease hands lightly; make balls.
Wrap in plastic wrap until ready to serve. 
These came out really sweet, if you add nuts or seeds it can be crunchy, add extra salty ingredients to make a sweet & salty popcorn balls.  Play around with it however you please, but I think it's a guaranteed hit!  I made 8 balls with one bag of popcorn.  I served the other bag of popcorn that came with our box of Orville Redenbacher's Popcorn, to pop up fresh when everyone was here.

Use the ice cream topper with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream.  The balls can be served as is, or with ice cream too!  :)  It ends up being a really sweet treat, so have one ball at a time, and you can always tweak the recipe a bit to your liking. 
My new favorite way to enjoy ice cream! SO good!! :)

*This post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are mine :D #CBias