New Year Champagne Popcorn Balls
New Year Champagne Popcorn Balls are so sticky, tasty, and everyone will love them. They’re the perfect snack recipe for any party, holiday or get together, but especially New Year’s Eve dish to pass!
New year, new snacks. I’ve been all about the Christmas recipes lately, but New Year’s always gets neglected. We are serial popcorn eaters in this household (well, Eliza and I are.) New Year Champagne Popcorn Balls are the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your sweet tooth on New Year’s Eve and one of my favorite New Year’s Recipes.
I’m still trying to understand why these delicious balls of goodness vanished from my life for a good 25 years or so until recently. They are so good! They would look so pretty on dessert table next to my New Year’s Eve Champagne Cupcakes.
The year is about to change and I’m freaking out a little bit. Does anyone else realize I turn 40 the first week of January? I was still in my 20’s when I started this blog and I’m just not sure where the time has gone. I was a “baby” of only 27 when I started Wishes and Dishes.
There are a few different versions of popcorn ball recipes out there. The traditional recipe is a little scary because you have to use a candy thermometer. But this recipe uses popcorn and marshmallows as the base. And the fun thing is that you can use different flavors of marshmallows. There are pink ones, tropical ones, and the plain version as well. Try all kinds of varieties out!
Timing plays another huge role when forming these New Year Champagne Popcorn Balls. If the syrup mixture is too warm, then the balls will not hold their round shape. If the syrup mixture cools too much, then it will be too hard to form into ball shapes. If you get these two tricks down, they will be perfect and so easy.
My favorite pastime as a child was going to the movies and doing some serious damage on that disgustingly wonderful buttered bag of emotions (the popcorn, people). The more butter, the better. I’m talking a really disgusting amount of it.
This is the perfect recipe to make with your kids, as well. Since they are so easy to do and they turn out great every time, you can have them go at it and they’ll be so proud of their hard work! This recipe really is a win/win for everyone involved. You can also try my Champagne Party Punch and Holiday Mimosas if you’re in search of New Year alcoholic drink recipes to serve!
New Year Champagne Popcorn Balls are so easy and delicious – and you probably already have these items on hand, minus the gold glitter and sanding sugar! We always have popcorn and marshmallows in our pantry. Here’s what you need to make them:
10 cups Popcorn
3 1/2 tablespoons Champagne
6 tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
5-6 Large Marshmallows
1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
4 tablespoons of Butter
Gold Edible Glitter
Gold Sanding Sugar
Shortening or Non Stick Baking Spray
Baking Sheet or Tray
-These can be made with Sparkling Cider if they are for children and they will still be just as good.
-These can be stored in an air-tight container in cool dry place for up to 2 days.
-These balls will not dry sticky.
New Year Champagne Popcorn Balls
- -Place your popcorn in a large bowl and set aside.
- -In a sauce pan, place your butter, champagne, light corn syrup, marshmallows, and powdered sugar.
- -Place the sauce pan on the stove on medium heat.
- -Slowly stir the mixture with a spatula until it is well-combined and boiling. About 10-12 minutes.
- -Remove from the heat and add in some of your gold edible glitter.
- -Stir once with your spatula. Clean and dry your spatula.
- -Grab you bowl of popcorn.
- -Pour the melted mixture over the popcorn.
- -Mix the popcorn and melted ingredients together using a spatula, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom.
- -Sprinkle the mixture with the gold sanding sugar and more of the edible glitter.
- -Give the mixture a few minutes to cool.
- -Clean your hands or get some gloves. If you are using your hands spray them with non-stick baking spray or rub them with shortening.
- -Gather some popcorn and with your palms roll the popcorn together to create a ball.
- -Place the ball on some parchment and repeat the previous steps to make all the the popcorn balls.
- -Once all the balls are completed leave them in a cool dry place to solidify. It takes about 5-10 mins.
- -If you want the popcorn balls to be extra sparkly, add even more edible glitter and sanding sugar on them.
- -Once the popcorn balls are dry, you can put them on a platter to serve or place them in a cupcake holders with a cover.
Note:-These can be made with Sparkling Cider if they are for children and they will still be just as good. -These can be stored in an air-tight container in cool dry place for up to 2 days. -These balls will not dry sticky.