Easy Popcorn Balls

Candy · Desserts · Recipes · August 20, 2018

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. 😉

  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. 😉

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Popcorn Balls Recipe

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.
Nutrition Facts
Popcorn Balls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Potassium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 22g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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!

Recipe Notes:

WARNING: Mixture can get very hot and you can easily burn yourself. Be careful when handling. 😉

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    galen

    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!

      Lil' Luna

      Awe..I am so glad I could share this recipe today!! Must be a childhood favorite for many 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

    penny

    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.

      Lil' Luna

      They would be!! They might just get a little harder, if unwrapped, but that’s ok 🙂 Have fun!

    Amanda

    I see powdered sugar in the instructions but no mention in list of ingredients?

    Emily Hill

    Totally pinning these! Popcorn balls make great neighbor gifts!

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