Caramel Macchiato Popcorn Balls

Why shouldn’t adults enjoy the whimsical play of a dessert on a stick?  Here’s a popcorn ball that’s not just for kids!

Traditional popcorn balls are usually loaded with gooey sweetness, but I’ve created a contemporary version with more grown-up appeal.  These coffeehouse-inspired popcorn balls are made with caramel, chocolate and espresso powder—what a combination!

Did you know that macchiato means marked or stained?  In this case, the popcorn is “marked” with a little espresso.  You have to try them—I’ve already eaten 3.  Okay, maybe 4!!!!

as photographed by our team, alacartepartners

Caramel Macchiato Popcorn Balls
Makes 6 popcorn balls

8 cups popped popcorn
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon warm water
20 caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 popsicle or craft sticks

– Place popcorn in large bowl. In small bowl, stir together espresso powder and warm water.

– In medium glass bowl, microwave caramels, chocolate chips and espresso mixture on HIGH (100%) power, 1 and 1/2 minutes. Stir
mixture until completely melted.
– Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and quickly stir until popcorn is well coated.  Using greased  hands, shape mixture into 6 balls.
Insert a stick into each ball.

– Store in airtight container up to 1 week.


– You can use store-bought popcorn; air popped popcorn or your favorite microwave popcorn.

– For a sweeter treat, use kettle corn.

– Instead of forming the popcorn mixture into balls, spread it in single layer on a baking sheet.  Let sit for 30 minutes and break into clusters.

– For added coffeehouse flavor, stir 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon into the espresso mixture.



Filed under Caramels, Chocolate, Dessert, Popcorn, Snacks

10 responses to “Caramel Macchiato Popcorn Balls

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  4. Even though I’m technically an adult, I definitely still like to play with my food. And am quite whimsical about it. Does that mean i qualify to eat one of these delicious creations? I love caramel macchiatos and these sound fantastic!

  5. Yum! I love popcorn and caramel macchiato’s. My 2 favorite things in 1!

  6. what a good idea!! Sounds good, looks even better.. so I wonder how it tastes! :))

    Greets from BFC !!!

  7. These sound sooooo great! A grown up version of a childhood favorite!

  8. these look amaizing! i would love to have some right about now:) thank you for sharing.

  9. K. Mayberry

    If only my daughter hadn’t just gotten braces . . . these sound wonderful!

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