Easy Popcorn Balls

These Easy Popcorn Balls are so sticky and tasty, everyone will love them! They’re perfect for any party, holiday or get together and are so simple!

Popcorn Balls

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Who here has memories of eating delicious, sticky Popcorn Balls when they were younger?! I DO!! In fact, that’s my only memory of them because I feel like they vanished from my life for a good 25 years or so until recently. I saw these sweet treats at a school fair and asked my mom to find her recipe because I wanted to make some. I was so glad we found it because I knew these easy popcorn balls would be a hit with my own kids.

They weren’t just a hit with the kids, but the hubby, myself, my nieces and nephews and my sisters all loved them!! Sure, they may cause a few cavities and should be made only on special occasions (or holidays like Halloween), but they were so good and reminded me so much of my childhood. We ended up making pink marshmallow popcorn balls because that was the color I remember them being when I was young, but you can make them any color you’d like.

How to Make Popcorn Balls

How to Make Popcorn Balls

This recipe is so simple! Here are the popcorn ball ingredients needed:

  • light corn syrup
  • margarine
  • water
  • powdered sugar
  • mini marshmallows
  • plain popcorn
  • food coloring

Once you have these ingredients together, you will just need to follow a few steps to make these delicious marshmallow popcorn balls. Just as a side note, be sure to take out all the kernels from the popcorn because it’s best to have balls without them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Pop popcorn and be sure to take out all kernels (we used 2 – 3.2 oz. bags of plain popcorn). Pour into a large bowl.
  2. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine corn syrup, margarine, water, powdered sugar, food coloring and marshmallows. Heat and stir until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Carefully pour this over the popcorn and stir to coat popcorn.
  4. Let cool a bit and then butter fingers so you can easily handle and shape popcorn into 3-4 inch balls before they cool.

NOTE: Wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temp. The balls end up being so gooey and delicious!

Popcorn Balls Recipe

I love that we have this recipe again in our lives and that we can change them up by color (and flavor) for any occasion or event. They’d be great for holidays, parties, or any get together really. You can also make them any size you’d like to maybe help limit the amount your kids consume. We ended up making ours about 3 – 4 inches and that it was a great size, but we are thinking we may even go smaller and add popsicle sticks to eliminate some of the mess and stickiness that comes with these. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Popcorn Balls Recipe

5 from 3 votes

These Easy Popcorn Balls are so sticky and tasty, everyone will love them! They're perfect for any party, holiday or get together and are so simple!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 141 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 tsp cold water
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • 20 cups plain popcorn 2 - 3.2 oz bags
  • A few drops of red food coloring or color of hcoice

Instructions

  1. Pop popcorn and be sure to take out all kernels. Pour into a large bowl.

  2. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine corn syrup, margarine, cold water, powdered sugar, food coloring and marshmallows. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Carefully pour this over the popcorn, and stirring to coat each kernel.
  4. Let cool a bit and then butter fingers so you can easily handle and shape popcorn into 3-4 inch balls before they cool.
  5. Wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

These Easy Popcorn Balls are so sticky and tasty, everyone will love them! They're perfect for any party, holiday or get together and are so simple!

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My name is Kristyn and Iโ€™m the mom of SIX stinkinโ€™ cute kids and the wife to my smokinโ€™ hot hubby, Lo. My momโ€™s maiden name is Luna, and Iโ€™m one of the many crafty โ€œLilโ€™ Lunasโ€ in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Oh, goodness! You are channeling my mom today. In fact, the 29th is my Dear Mom’s birthday and this is the very recipe she used to make a molded popcorn bunny. I have the mold, but misplaced the recipe. Thanks for posting this tasty treat!

  2. What happens if you leave them unwrapped? I want to make and take to a 4th bbq. I think these would be fun appetizer for kiddos at the pool.

  3. We make these at Christmas time but instead of red coloring we throw in a couple hands full of red cinnamon candy. Looks great and tastes even better.

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