This is not a sponsored post. I just happen to be a big fan of President’s Choice products, in particular the Maple Bacon Popcorn and Cookie Butter I used for this Maple Bacon Cookie Butter Popcorn Balls recipe.
Maple + Bacon + Cookie Butter. Could there be anything better? I’ve been wanting to make these Maple Bacon Cookie Butter Popcorn Balls for months now and finally decided that Valentine’s Day was the perfect time. After all, in my home, bacon = love. (Okay, not really but we do love bacon here). I started out with ready made Maple Bacon Popcorn from President’s Choice. I was afraid it was going to be overwhelmingly sweet but it was a pleasant surprise. On its own, it has the delightful smoky flavour from the bacon with just a hint of maple.
Then there’s the cookie butter. I’ve heard people talking about it for a couple of years now but really hadn’t seen any in stores around here until President’s Choice introduced their own version, PC Speculoos Cookie Butter. I finally decided it was time to indulge and sample it and oh my, it’s just as good as everyone said. The tantalizing creaminess and traditional Speculoos spices seemed just the thing to add to the maple bacon popcorn when I decided to create these popcorn balls.
Maple Bacon Cookie Butter Popcorn Balls Recipe
8 cups maple bacon popcorn (can’t buy President’s Choice or prefer to make your own? There are tons of recipes for homemade Maple Bacon Popcorn including this recipe from Rachael Ray).
1/3 to 1/2 cup cherry candies (this is to add the bits of red for Valentine’s Day – you could leave this out or substitute other candy or pieces of walnuts or pecans)
5 T. butter (plus additional for greasing your hands)
3 cups mini marshmallows (in a pinch, you can use the large ones; they just take longer to melt)
3 T. cookie butter
Stir the popcorn and candy together until evenly distributed. Melt the butter and add in the cookie butter and marshmallows. Once completely melted and smooth, pour this over the popcorn mixture. Stir until well coated. Let cool just enough to handle. Butter your hands and form the popcorn into balls, either with or without sticks (I used sturdy paper straws).
That’s it. A quick and easy treat suitable for any holiday or party occasion that can be customized to the theme or your preferences by changing the added candy or nuts. You can also leave them out entirely if you prefer.