Valentine’s Day Popcorn Balls

Valentine's Day Popcorn Balls | Mom On Timeout

Looking for an inexpensive and sweet way to show someone you care?  Why not make up some festive Valentine’s Day Popcorn Balls to share!  I love sprinkling M&Ms in with my popcorn and adding them to a popcorn ball is even better!  I added some red food color and Valentine’s M&Ms to make these popcorn balls really POP!
(Was that too corny? hehe)

1 bag of marshmallows (approx. 10 oz)
1/2 c butter (1 stick)
1 tsp vanilla
popped popcorn
food coloring (optional)
1 c M&Ms or other candy
non stick baking spray


1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick spray or coat with butter.

2.  Pop enough popcorn to fill a 9×13 baking dish.  Pop a couple extra cups so you can add to the mix if needed.  It’s important to keep the popcorn warm in the oven while completing the following steps.

3.Melt the butter and marshmallows together in a large pot.

4. Once the marshmallows are fully melted, turn off the heat and add in the vanilla and food coloring.  I started with a couple drops of red and then added more until I got the color I wanted.

5. Pull the baking dish full of popcorn out of the oven.  Drizzle the marshmallow and butter mixture over the popcorn.

6.Use your hands or a wooden spoon to mix up the popcorn and marshmallow mixture so that the popcorn is evenly coated. If you are using your hands (I do), spray your hands with the baking spray or cover them in butter – this is to protect your hands from the heat AND to keep the marshmallow mixture from sticking to you.  After the popcorn and marshmallow mixture are thoroughly combined and cooled slightly, add in the M&Ms.  You need to wait or the candy will melt and turn your popcorn balls brown from the chocolate.

7.  Recoat your hands and grab a handful of popcorn and start forming it into a ball.  You will need to squeeze firmly while making the balls.  Make them any size you want to but make sure they are pressed together well or they will fall apart.

Wrap the balls in plastic wrap or bag them up – they’re yummy no matter what you do!  Enjoy!

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  1. I remember my mom making popcorn balls as a kid. These are very festive for a Valentine sweetheart!

  2. Those are so pretty! My daughter would flip for them. :)

  3. Those are SO clever!!

  4. Wow great idea :)

  5. this is going on my bucket list, I have never ever made or eaten a popcorn ball, and I so want to try!

  6. Those look super cute! I love the pink and the M&M’s in them. I found you via the Somewhat Simple Link Party.

  7. Really Neat Idea, I love that it is simple and cheap!! It reminds me of Rice Crispy Treats. Check out for some more cheap valentines day ideas.

  8. yummy! I want to make these tomorrow!

  9. Trish -
    Those looks really awesome! Love the colors and my Ana would go bananas! Thanks for linking up to our party – please come and visit me at Embracing Change and follow along! I would love to have you and will be starting my first linky party next week – would love to have you link up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  10. What a fun idea! I love easy snacks that the kids can get involved with.

  11. This is awesome! We have a link party ending tonight… would you like to add it to our link party too? You could be featured next week!

    -Newest Follower

  12. My daughter would like this very much! Thank you for the idea! Popcorn balls, here we come!

  13. would you believe I’ve never had a popcorn ball? :)
    looks yummy!

  14. These look like so much fun for the kids!

  15. I’ve been looking for a good idea for Valentine treats for my son to take to pre-school. These are PERFECT! Thanks for the great idea and detailed instructions.

  16. I was planning on making cupcakes with my son for Valentine’s Day, but now we will be making these!!

  17. super yummy and delish! I came over from Making the world cuter! Would love for you to link this up to my Tasty Tuesday Party which opens tonight!

  18. Very yummy! Consider sharing with my readers at !

    Happy Valentine’s Day,


  19. Visiting from I Heart Nap Time’s Sundae Scoop :)


  20. Such a cute idea! I would love for you to come by and link up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot!

  21. I am drooling and sharing this on facebook at the same time. Is this possible? Let’s see! Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

  22. Funny I tried doing something similar today. I squished all my popcorn into a the Wilton heart shaped pan then flipped it out. It was pretty cute!
    But mine didn’t taste very good… I was experimenting and I used some light corn syrup instead of butter since popcorn doesn’t have the sweetness of rice krispies. Way too sweet!

  23. My hubby loves popcorn balls – I don’t even think he would mind if they were pink!

  24. YUM!! And I love that your popcorn balls have M&M’s in them!! They turned out so pretty! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT week =-)

  25. This looks so yummy, thanks for sharing!

  26. I love popcorn balls! I haven’t made any for way too long and they look so cute in the bags for Valentine’s Day!

  27. These popcorn balls are too cute!! My grandma used to always make these for us when I was little. I love your addition of M&M’s – YUM!! Thanks for sharing!! Pinning :)

  28. How cute! Happy National Popcorn Day!

  29. This is adorable, I love it! I think this is something my kids would love to do! Thanks so much for sharing! I am stopping by from Vintage Gwen’s linky party!

  30. These are so pretty and look delicious. I pinned them. Thank you so much for sharing.

  31. Do you really just cook the popcorn in the oven? I’m assuming you would cover them?
    And how long do they have to sit?

  32. These look so yummy! Going to make them for my kiddos preschool tomorrow! About how many do you think the batch would produce?

  33. Trish, these look amazing!

    Your Popcorn Balls have been featured on Sugar & Slice Sunday. :) Hope to see you at the new Valentine’s Day special link party.

    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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  35. I use a box of jello, any red flavor instead of food coloring and skittles. We call it skittle corn. My kids love the stuff when they were kids. Green at Christmas, so on and so forth. Pop the corn and the make them just as you would Rice Krispy candy. Be sure to cool a bit to prevent nasty burns.

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