Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn Balls (Gluten-free & Dairy-Free)

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn Balls - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

I love the challenge of creating healthier versions of classic recipes. Earlier this week I asked my Facebook readers: what Halloween treat would they like a re-imagined healthier version of? Popcorn balls popped up (pun intended) quite often! Traditional popcorn balls are usually loaded with butter, sugar, corn syrup or marshmallows, etc. I figured the easiest way to hold these together without all the junk was honey! It worked perfectly and it gave the popcorn a nice caramel-like color and flavor, too. The dark chocolate drizzle on top is optional, but I do have to say it really makes these extra special and it shouldn’t be skipped if you can help it. Dark chocolate and salty-sweet is an amazing combo.

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn Balls - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

I pop my popcorn on the stove top in a few tablespoons of coconut oil — I think it has the best flavor. Feel free to pop yours however you prefer. Additionally I always choose Non-GMO organic popping corn. If you are vegan you can try maple syrup, but I would suggest going with half maple and half agave, coconut nectar, brown rice syrup or another thicker sweetener, as maple syrup is a tad on the thin side. You can have fun with these and mix in nuts or dried fruit or even chocolate chips! Wrap them up in some fun wrapping for a favor at your Halloween shindig. As mentioned in the recipe, you can also add in any spices you’d like — it is optional, but I like a little hint of spice. It complements the sweet, salty and chocolate so nicely.

What are some of your favorite traditional Halloween treats that you’d like a healthier version of?

Dark Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn Balls - Gluten-free and Dairy-free

This recipe was originally shared on the Free People Blog BLDG 25 as part of my ongoing  Restricted Diet Series.


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sonnet October 17, 2013 at 11:37 am

OMG, I have to make these tonight! I’ve been following your beautiful blog for awhile and finally decided I had to comment because these look amazing! I am obsessed with popcorn and I love the simple ingredients you used in these. Yum! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


2 janae @ bring joy October 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

“I pop my popcorn on the stove top in a few tablespoons of coconut oil — I think it has the best flavor. ”
I totally agree! Definitely the best stuff to use with popped corn.

Hmmm…I’d like a healthier version of a butterfinger, but I wonder if that’s even possible seeing as most of the ingredients are more like food-like substances than food.


3 Lexi October 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Oh I cannot wait to try these! They look amazing.


4 Isadora October 18, 2013 at 7:13 am

I like to snack on pop corn. Changing it up with dark chocolate is a yummy change for my favorite snack. Being gluten intolerant can get frustrating so seeing you recipes is always a joy.
Thanks ….


5 Carmen October 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I love popcorn but I have no idea where to buy non-GMO popcorn. Do you have a source for it? TIA


6 Jamie H October 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Oh, these were so good. We kept what wasn’t eaten in the fridge and pulled them out for a sweet treat. They were better the days after! And my husband (who loves the corn syrup filled popcorn balls and unhealthy food) loved them. Definitely making these again.


7 tastyyummies November 1, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Jamie, I am so so glad you guys enjoyed these so much. My hubby loved them too! Thanks so much for the comment. Have a great weekend.


8 NJ-Cook4You April 28, 2015 at 8:21 am

Looking good and tasty. good pics to. thanks for sharing


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