As a kid I remember eating those white, powdery, seemingly tasteless marshmallows you buy on the bottom shelf of your local box store. My Mom would make many things with them, but none were more
famous than her Rice Krispie treats. I say famous because, little did we know until we were older, that “famous” recipe came from off the side of the Rice Krispie box. So disheartening, when one of your favorite childhood foods was prepared off the side of a cardboard box, when in reality you thought your mother had a special recipe.
However, now that I am older and like to think my pallet is a little more mature, I have had the wonderful opportunity getting to know the amazing ladies from 240 Sweet. They not only have an amazing background story you can read here, they put out some of the finest quality handmade MARSHMALLOWS. Remember those little, “puffs” I mentioned before. Those should not even be in the same category as 240’s.
240sweet is based in Columbus, Indiana where catering company partners Alexa and Samantha concoct these marshmallows for their customers. They use high quality, no filler, local ingredients, including Michigan beet sugar, Ohio glucose and Indiana cornstarch and have created hundreds, yes hundreds of flavors. The marshmallows come in two sizes, the standard (which are really HUGE) and petite puffs sold by the 8 ounce bag. They are some of the warmest and sweetest business owners in the area and am lucky to have met them.
Getting back on track, I was speaking to the ladies from 240 Sweet, at a local pre-Halloween street fair this weekend and noticed they had kits ready to go to make Halloween Popcorn balls with their marshmallows! How could I turn that down right? I choose to make my popcorn balls with an all time classic flavor of their Salted Caramel. A little Sweet, a little chewy, a little salt to balance the sweetness, pretty solid if you ask me.
It came with 6 packages of “Puffs” as we 240 insiders call them, and some instructions, which as I guy I laughed at, and put aside
I had my 1/2 cup popcorn, 8 tbs of butter and 16 Puffs. I figured I could handle the rest.
Rather than pop them in oil, I choose a little healthier route and Microwaved air popped them in brown paper sack and it turned out perfect! I highly recommend to those whom are watching their girlish figure to air pop yours. And please don’t go buy a 50 dollar air popper, reuse your bags from the grocery store. Just put your popcorn on bottom on the bag, roll up the top half way down to allow the popcorn to pop and rise for 2 minutes on high, shake the bag, and put back in for 30 seconds and you have your popped kernels!
I then melted a little LIGHT/low fat butter, threw in the Puffs on low heat (The Marshmallows are so amazingly large I cut them up into smaller pieces to speed up the melting process) and stirred, and stirred until smooth.
And then I added my popped popcorn to mix. This is where you have to work fast since the marshmallows will harden quickly. I used my hands, spayed with a little non stick cooking spray, but you can use plastic gloves coated in butter or spray to shape the popcorn balls.
The popcorn balls were really good and highly recommend them if you like covered popcorn. They were sweet, and a little salty, which highlighted the amazing caramel running through the Puffs, plus the popcorn itself gave them just the right amount of texture and crunch. Decedent, yes, something I would eat all the time no. But as I like to say once in awhile, you need to indulge in the finer things in life once in awhile.
Overall there would be a few changes I would make. First, I would use gloves like 240 recommends, it was a pretty “sticky” situation towards end. Also, since it was Halloween, I would have tinted the Marshmallow mix orange to give them an even more Halloween feel. Last, while I liked the popcorn balls, I think I would make them with Rice Krispies next time! But thank you again 240 Sweet, and if haven’t tasted the amazing confections from 240, I highly recommend ordering them online or finding them at a local farmers market or local event at http://www.240sweet.com . Happy Halloween!
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup un-popped popcorn
6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons butter (to cover your hands or gloves to shape popcorn balls)
16 240sweet Artisan Marshmallows (240 suggest using one flavor)
*Sea salt, to taste
1. Coat bottom of 4 quart or larger saucepan with vegetable oil. Heat over high heat until hot. Add popcorn. Keep in constant moving until all popcorn is popped. Remove from heat.
2. In medium saucepan, melt 6 tablespoons of butter over low heat. Add marshmallows. Stir constantly until melted. Remove from heat.
3. Immediately add popcorn and mix well with wooden spoon. Quickly put on food-safe gloves and coat them with softened butter. Shape popcorn mix into palm-sized balls and sprinkle with sea salt. Place individual balls on waxed paper until cooled.
4. For storage or gifting, wrap in clear plastic wrap and tie with ribbon.