Popcorn Balls {Recipe}

Last Thursday I was in a pinch to prepare something for Reece’s Christmas party at school.  My sister was over and suggested we whip up some popcorn balls.  Popcorn balls are a Christmas family tradition for us.  My Grandma makes several batches and makes a variety of colors.  They are so fun to make and fun to eat too!  Easy, easy easy!  They require only a few ingredients and are YUMMY!

1 lb marshmallows
1/2 c butter
1 tsp vanilla
food coloring (optional)
non stick baking spray

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
Pop enough popcorn to fill a 9×13 baking dish and  have a couple of extra cups on the side to use if needed.  Keep the popcorn warm in the oven.

Melt the butter and marshmallows together in a large pot.  Once the marshmallows are fully melted, turn off the heat and add in the vanilla and food coloring.  I start with a couple of drops and then add more as necessary.  It just depends on how deep you want the color to be and how much food color you want to use.

Pull the baking dish full of popcorn out of the oven.  Drizzle the marshmallow and butter mixture over the popcorn – get as much out as you can because it’s sticky.  Now comes the fun part.  You can either spray your hands with the baking spray or cover them in butter.  The marshmallow mixture is HOT so be careful.  The butter or spray is to protect your hands from the heat as well as to keep the marshmallow from sticking to your hands.

Use your hands or a wooden spoon to mix up the popcorn and marshmallow mixture so that the popcorn is evenly coated. If you need to add some more popcorn, pull from your “extra” pile.  Grab a handful of popcorn and start forming it into a ball squeezing firmly to make sure the popcorn ball sticks together.  The popcorn balls can be any size you choose.  I made small ones for Reece’s party but we usually make fist sized popcorn balls.

To the left you can see how many popcorn balls 1 batch yields.  I ended up making two batches because I needed about 50 small popcorn balls.

If you are taking the popcorn balls to a party you might want to consider wrapping them in plastic wrap.  My mom used to wrap them in plastic wrap and tie the wrap on both ends with curling ribbon – a very nice touch!  (I just didn’t have time :) )

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  1. OOH I have to admit, I have never tried popcorn balls they do look interesting, might have to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  2. These look yummy! I love popcorn balls.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  3. I’ve never seen a popcorn ball recipe with marshmallows! Great idea; my son would love this.

  4. I never would have thought of this…so easy. I will have to give this one a try.

  5. This is one of those things I have always wanted to try and never have! Thanks for sharing this at Mrs Foxs Sweet Party :)

  6. Yum! I love making popcorn balls! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday! Merry Christmas!


  7. I have never had a popcorn ball, they sound good though.

  8. These look tasty, I would love it if you shared your recipe here:


  9. These look really yummy!!

  10. I have an old popcorn ball recipe from a 1950’s Betty Crocker cook book that is to die for but this one looks a bit easier and just as tasty.

  11. I kept meaning to find a good recipe for these!

    Stopping by from STT

  12. Would love you to join us on creative Thursday (which is ing this week to creative mondays ?http://clairejustineoxox.blogspot.com/2011/12/creative-thursday_21.html

  13. My mouth is watering!! Oh yum oh yum!!! Would you please share these with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-4-3-weeks-long-for.html

  14. That sounds heavenly! Stopping by from FT!

  15. these sounds so good! I’d love you to add this (and any other posts you like) to my What We Wore and Made Party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  16. Okay…why has it never occurred to me to color my popcorn balls? That is a great idea! They look so fun and yummy!

  17. love popcorn balls would love these with hot chocolate in front of the tree come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  18. My kids love popcorn. This is a great idea! I’d love for you to link up to my new “Thriving on Thursdays” linky party here in Australia every week. My blog features recipes, crafts, decorating, organising and decluttering advice and tips. I know everyone in Australia would love to read this blog post.

    Thanking you,
    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  19. Great tutorial! I hope you will share it at my linky party Show-It-Off Thursdays at:


    Thanks, Linda

  20. I look at these and keep singing “there’s a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy” I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

  21. fun, I have never made these. Now I know how!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase – hope to see you this week.


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