Carmel Corn Apple-O’sYields: 8 Balls
7 cups popped butter flavor microwave popcorn
2 1/4 cups apple cinnamon cereal rings
1/2 cup chopped dried apple or apricots
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 package (14 ounces) caramels
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 to 2 tablespoons water*
long cinnamon sticks or wood craft sticks (optional)
Start with 1 tablespoon water and add more if needed
Fresher caramels will require less water
1. Combine popcorn, cereal, apples, and nuts, if desired, in large bowl.
2. Place caramels, butter, and water in large microwaveable bowl; microwave at High 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring after each minute.
3. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn mixture; toss with buttered wooden spoon to coat. Let set until just slightly warm.
4. Shape mixture into 8 balls with damp hands. Shape balls around cinnamon or craft sticks, if desired. Place on lightly buttered waxed paper or wrap in plastic wrap until ready to serve.