POPCORN BALLS (Adapted from I heart eating)

I thought these sounded and looked cute for the end of October aka Halloween – – – sort of a take on Rice Krispie Treats. And I love the combination of salty and sweet!

1 (3 oz.) bag unpopped Popcorn
1/4 cup butter
1 (10 oz.) bag marshmallows
1 cup pretzel pieces
1 cup mini or regular M&M’s
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Pop popcorn according to package directions. Set aside to cool. In a large pot, melt butter over low heat.

Add marshmallows, and cook, stirring regularly, until melted.

Remove any un-popped kernels from popcorn, and stir popped popcorn into marshmallow mixture. Add pretzel pieces, and stir in to combine.

Using a 1 cup measuring cup for large popcorn balls or a 1/2 cup measuring cup for small popcorn balls, scoop out popcorn mixture. Shape into balls. If the mixture sticks to your hands, spray your hands lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Press M&M’s and mini chocolate chips into the outside of the popcorn ball.

Let cool to room temperature before serving. Can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container.

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