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, but they were so good and reminded me so much of my childhood. We ended up making pink balls because that was the color I remember them being when I was young, but you can make them any color you’d like.
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. 😉
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How to make Popcorn Balls:
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- ¼ cup margarine
- 2 teaspoons cold water
- 2½ cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup marshmallows
- A few drops of red food coloring (or color of choice)
- 2 - 3.2 oz bags of plain popcorn (about 20 cups)
- Pop popcorn and be sure to take out all kernels. Pour into a large bowl.
- 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.
- Carefully pour this over the popcorn, and stirring to coat each kernel.
- Let cool a bit and then butter fingers so you can easily handle and shape popcorn into 3-4 inch balls before they cool.
- Wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.