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Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

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Marshmallow popcorn balls are a fun and easy treat that just take a few minutes and a few ingredients. Dip them in chocolate and top them with sprinkles for an extra festive and delicious treat!

Marshmallow popcorn balls with the bottom halves dipped in chocolate and sprinkles on top setting up on a sheet of wax paper.

Soft and sweet marshmallow goodness combined with the salty crunch of popcorn makes these popcorn balls a fabulous treat. Of course a dunk in a chocolate bath and a smattering of colorful sprinkles makes them even more fun.

They are easy enough to be a just because treat and festive enough to be served at a party.

Popcorn Treats

Popcorn is a near perfect snack. You can make it quickly and there are so many fun variations.

It is hard to go wrong with the classic butter and salt. Then there’s cheesy popcorn or popcorn with ranch seasoning.

There’s kettle corn and supposedly my dad makes great sugar corn, but he is yet to spill his secrets.

big glass bowl full of melted marshmallows and butter for popcorn balls.

Caramel corn has a special enough place in our hearts that I have two recipes for it on the blog. Both are crunchy, buttery and sweet.

My husband’s grandma finishes her caramel corn in the microwave.  My aunt’s sister-in-law does her caramel corn in the oven. Both are absolutely amazing!

giant mixing bowl full of marshmallow coated popcorn.

But today we are going to talk about the party darling of the popcorn world, popcorn balls. They are super fun to make and fun to give too.

For some reason they make me think of Halloween, but after making these I want to start making them year round. I already have another version coming your way next month and I just thought of another fun idea while typing this post.

I’m thinking we may make this the year of popcorn balls!

close up of marshmallow popcorn balls with sprinkles on top sitting on wax paper lined baking tray.

Prepping Your Popcorn For Popcorn Balls

Be sure to remove all of the kernels from your popcorn.  I find the easiest way to do that is to use 2 large bowls.  Place all of the popcorn in one bowl and give it a few shakes to allow the kernels to drop to the bottom.    

Then move most of the popcorn off the top to the second bowl, using your hands. (Pouring risks transferring the kernels to the second bowl.)

The kernels should all be at the bottom of the first bowl, just pick them out.  Your teeth will thank you!

You can use freshly popped corn or make a couple of bags of microwave popcorn. Either way they will turn out delicious.

hand holding a sprinkle topped marshmallow popcorn ball with remaining popcorn balls in the background.

The Marshmallows

You can use whatever marshmallows you have on hand for these treat. Regular or mini mini marshmallows work.

This is a great way to use a bag of marshmallows that humidity got the best of. That sticky clump of sweetness may not be great for s’mores anymore but they’ll certainly work for these!

Even marshmallows that look a little dried out will work. You may want to add just a tiny bit of extra butter to soften them up.

hand dunking marshmallow popcorn ball into bowl of melted milk chocolate.

Tips for making marshmallow popcorn balls

Melt the butter a bit before you add the marshmallows to the bowl. If your butter is cold from the fridge it will take longer to melt than the marshmallows.

Grease your hands early and often. Use shortening, butter or spray them with oil. Just keep them greased or the popcorn and marshmallow goo will want to stick to you.

Add a few sprinkles if you want. They are not necessary, but do make the popcorn balls even more fun.

cellophane wrapped chocolate dipped marshmallow popcorn balls with sprinkles and curling ribbon.

Be careful when melting your chocolate. There is nothing worse than ruining perfectly good chocolate by scorching it. Warm it in small spurts and stir it well between each trip to the microwave. As soon as it stirs smooth, stop!

For the best longevity, wrap your popcorn balls tightly. Ours never last more than a few days, but they stay good for at least that long.

You can use saran wrap to keep your popcorn balls fresh. Or put them in a cellophane bag and tie them with a fun ribbon to make them extra cute.

Frequently Asked Questions

When were popcorn balls popular?

Popcorn balls had their heyday in the 1950s. It was common for trick-or-treaters to get homemade treats on Halloween rather than store bought candies. They are still a fun treat today.

What ingredients are used to make marshmallow popcorn balls?

You only really need 3 simple ingredients to make these popcorn balls: popcorn, marshmallows and butter. We like adding sprinkles and melted chocolate too, but they are totally optional.

More Fun Popcorn Recipes:

If you like popcorn balls, you may want to try caramel apple popcorn balls. You cook down apple juice until it is thick and concentrated and add caramel and popcorn. They are perfect for fall!

Or make peanut butter popcorn balls if you love peanut butter like we do. If you aren’t in the mood for forming the balls, you can make peanut butter popcorn instead.

Of course it is hard to go wrong with classic caramel corn. It’s crunchy, sweet, buttery finish is hard to beat!

Check out my collection of sweet popcorn recipes for even more ideas.

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Marshmallow popcorn balls with the bottom halves dipped in chocolate and sprinkles on top setting up on a sheet of wax paper.

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Carlee
Marshmallow popcorn balls are a fun and easy treat that just take a few minutes and a few ingredients. Dip them in chocolate and top them with sprinkles for an extra festive and delicious treat!
4.92 from 12 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Popcorn Balls
Calories 256 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 12 cups popped popcorn about 1 cup unpopped or 2 bags of microwave popcorn
  • 10 ounces marshmallows
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces chocolate*
  • Sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Be sure to pick out all of the kernels out of the popcorn. 
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter for about 10-15 seconds.  Then add the marshmallows and cook on high for 25-35 second or until they puff up big.
    4 Tablespoons butter, 10 ounces marshmallows
  • Stir well.  If it stirs smooth, move on to the next step.  If not, microwave a little longer until it does.
  • Pour melted marshmallow mixture over popcorn and stir to coat. 
    12 cups popped popcorn
  • Grease your hands well and form baseball sized balls with the warm marshmallow coated popcorn.
  • Place on a sheet of wax paper and add sprinkles if desired.
  • Once set, warm the chocolate until just melted.  Dunk the bottom half of the popcorn balls in the chocolate and place on wax paper to set up.
    8 ounces chocolate*
  • Wrap in cellophane bags or plastic wrap.  They are best served within the first few days after making. 

Notes

*I used a compound milk chocolate designed for dipping. If you are using chocolate chips you may want to stir in a Tablespoon of coconut oil or shortening to give a softer bite and make dipping easier.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 125mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24g
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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 19th of August 2019

What a fun treat! I love every part of these!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

They were a huge hit at family dinner!

Debbie

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Hi Carlee, it's when I see recipes like this that I wish the children were still small. I really can't justify making a batch for myself... Or can I?

xx

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

You definitely can! I wouldn't even think twice about it ;-)

Ellibelle

Friday 9th of August 2019

They look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Ellie Ellibelle's Corner

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Thank you!

Andrea Nine

Friday 9th of August 2019

These look fun and delish! What a great gift or treat favor idea! I love it!!

Carlee

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

They are both for sure! Thank you!