I don’t do a lot of sponsored posts. But when Gaslamp Popcorn offered to send me some samples of their Holiday Flavors for taste testing, I knew my son would be devastated if I said no. That boy loves his popcorn. He takes after his mother.
Gaslamp Popcorn Company is a California treat, available in many of the larger grocery chains and online. Their popcorn is non-GMO and Gluten Free and made here in California. Which makes a healthy snack like popcorn just a little bit nicer.
We got one bag each of their four limited edition holiday flavors:
Apple Crumble Pie – cinnamon, sugar and bite of tangy apple
Pumpkin Spice Pie – loads of cinnamon and nutmeg with just a bit of sweetness
Holiday Cookie – crushed sugar cookie dust
Peppermint Candy – melted candy canes
We tried each one, plus I took some around the neighborhood to get a few more opinions. All were tasty, but hands down the boys in our court loved the Peppermint Candy. Though the Holiday Cookie was a close second.
As I was checking out Gaslamp Popcorn’s site I noticed they have some delicious recipes and I remembered J had been asking me to make popcorn balls.
They use their Sea Salt and Olive Oil Popcorn for their recipes, but I decided to go with the Pumpkin Spice Pie flavor. If you choose plain popcorn, just add cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.
Instead of a traditional hard caramel sauce, I decided to go with marshmallow for three reasons:
- melting marshmallow is faster and easier than getting the sugar syrup up to hard crack stage.
- I knew J wanted to help, and the marshmallow would cool faster so he could shape the balls.
- we will probably be getting some of the best caramel corn ever from our neighbor in a few weeks anyway.
It took us all of ten minutes to make and the hardest part was telling J he had to wait until after dinner to try them. We took some of the popcorn balls to his teacher and aide. Everyone agreed they were FABULOUS!
Until next time, happy eating.