With Valentine’s Day coming up really quick on us, you may be on the lookout for recipes for treats. Because I am diabetic, I try to make treats that are just a bit more diabetic friendly than some of the yummy recipes I see out there. I realize that not everyone is looking for this, so for this recipe, I have added in parenthesis this diabetic friendly substitute you could use in place of the listed ingredients. Keep in mind that the consistency might be a little different and not taste exactly the same as well as he conversion is not carb or sugar free, but lower glycemic, so adjust accordingly if this will not work for your specific diabetic diet.
I realize popcorn itself is not that diabetic friendly to begin with, but sometimes, we just wanna be “naughty” and have a treat. It’s better than some things I could be eating, right? Popcorn itself doesn’t effect my blood sugar levels as much as some other things. Rice, for example, is like poison to me and makes my blood sugar skyrocket.
These Heart Shaped Popcorn Balls would be great for a class party. You could really do them any color, but for Valentine’s Day, I like the red.
Heart Shaped Popcorn Balls
- 12 cups of popped popcorn
- 1 cup of corn syrup (3/4 Cup light Agave Syrup + ¼ Cup water)
- ⅔ cup sugar (2/3 Cup Splenda or ⅓ cup Truvia Baking Blend)
- 1 small box of red Jello (Sugar free)
- Put all popped popcorn in a larger bowl than you think you will need. It should be more than the amount of popcorn you have. This is important because you will need to have room to mix.
- In a saucepan, add jello, sugar,and corn syrup, then mix. Let mixture boil slowly on medium.
- Once the mixture is boiling and starting to foam, drizzle entire mixture over popcorn and stir quickly with a non stick spray coated spoon
- until all popcorn is covered. The mixture gets pretty sticky as it cools, so it is important to mix fast.
- Take a small portion about the size of your palm and shape it into a heart.
- Wrap the hearts in wax paper until ready to serve, or, if serving immediately, place them separately on a serving dish, spacing them out so they don’t get stuck to each other.