How We Met
It happened like this. I was strolling through Costco, starving, looking for something that I could buy and eat immediately, yes in the car. Don’t judge. You’ve been there. I wanted something healthy, but also sinfully satisfying. I ask a lot from life. Then I saw it … Angie’s Kettle Corn. Kettle Corn makes my taste buds flutter and my belly sing to the heavens! And this brand of Kettle Corn happened to be lower in calories and fat than most Kettle Corn I’ve encountered, so I bought it, ate it, realized I’d found the most addicting, all-natural, bagged popcorn on earth and grinned on the inside.
When I fall in love with a new “food find,” I do so with abandon. That product becomes the object of my affection, the star of many culinary conversations, and a featured Food Flirt Find! While I openly engage in numerous, short-lived, edible affairs (hey that’s my job!), some foods I discover are so utterly alluring and palate pleasing, I have no choice but to become a fiercely loyal fan, never to stray … until, of course, I find a better version. 😉 Angie’s has been my popcorn of choice for about 2 years now.
Why Angie’s Popcorn is a Food Flirt Find
As if this brand was aware of my most wild popcorn fantasy, I just learned that Angie’s debuted a new flavor … CANDY CORN! Are-you-serious-this-will-be-the-best-popcorn-eating-October-ever!!!! Cannot wait to try it! Has anyone else? I hear it’s available to devour at Target stores starting October 1st.
Last week, I was trying to usher in Autumn, despite the 90 degree weather here in LA, so I decided to use Angie’s Popcorn to make one of my fall favorites … Marshmallow POPCORN BALLS on a stick, because most treats are more fun on a stick. To give them a little “Food Flirt” twist, I added roasted, salted pepitas to the mix which offer a nutty flavor and create that sweet/savory combination that makes ya say YUM! I buy my pepitas (Spanish term for pumpkin seeds) at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. They’re less pricey than nuts and compliment so many recipes.
Angie’s Popcorn Pepita Marshmallow Balls
Makes 10-12 Popcorn Balls
1. Line baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
2. In medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in the marshmallows and almond extract. Heat, whisking continuously, until the marshmallows are completely melted into butter and the mixture is smooth. Whisk, whisk, whisk, so the gooey goodness won’t burn baby!
3. To large mixing bowl add Angie’s Popcorn. Drizzle the marshmallow mixture over the top as evenly as possible. Allow to cool about 20-30 seconds. Add pepitas. Using a rubber spatula, toss VERY gently to combine and coat the popcorn. Allow to cool another two minutes, then form your balls, about 3-inches wide, with oiled or buttered hands. Place on wax paper covered baking sheet, and let cool, about 5-8 minutes. Once firm, insert a stick into each popcorn ball (optional but way more FuN!).
4. Make them crafty: Tie fall colored ribbon around each stick. Place each ball into clear cellophane bag, stick up, and tie a tight bow with another ribbon. Hand out as awesome autumn party favors or take them to your office to
treat your co-workers show off your mad-crafty-cute culinary skills at work ;).
Credit where it’s due: Recipe adapted from Annies-Eats.