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Fruity Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

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Fruity marshmallow popcorn balls are a fun and easy treat that just take a few minutes and a few ingredients. The Jell-O powder adds both fun fruity flavor and a pop of color. Pick your favorite flavors or or choose the colors to match your party’s color scheme.

Pile of red and blue jello popcorn balls on white platter, ready to eat.

Soft and sweet marshmallow goodness combined with the salty crunch of popcorn makes these popcorn balls a fabulous treat. They are chewy, a little gooey and oh so good.

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

Jello Popcorn Balls

I have already shared a recipe for chocolate dipped marshmallow popcorn balls, one for caramel apple popcorn balls, and another for peanut butter popcorn balls. They are all really tasty.

However, I knew doing red and blue popcorn balls for the 4th of July would be fun. So I made two batches of these yummy popcorn balls.

The cherry and blue raspberry flavors go well together and of course they have such a fun and festive color.

You could also do orange and grape for Halloween, cherry and lime for Christmas, or a rainbow of pastel colors for Easter.

There are so many fun color and flavor combinations you could make.

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.

Tips for Making Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Melt the butter a bit before you add the marshmallows. You can do it in a large microwave safe bowl or in a medium to large skillet.

Make sure the marshmallows are completely melted, then add the jello powder. Stir it until the color is uniform and pour it over the popcorn.

It won’t look like enough at first, but keep stirring and it should be enough to coat it all and bring it together. Work quickly so that you can make all of the balls before the marshmallows start to set.

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.

For the best longevity, wrap your popcorn balls tightly. Ours our always eaten within 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.

That’s it! Have fun making your fruity popcorn balls.

Check out my collection of sweet popcorn treats if you want more tasty inspiration.

Platter of red and blue marshmallow popcorn balls flavored and colored with jello powder.

Fruity Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Servings: 18 popcorn balls
Author: Carlee
Fruity marshmallow popcorn balls are a fun and easy treat that just take a few minutes and a few ingredients. The Jell-O powder adds both fun fruity flavor and a pop of color. Pick your favorite flavors or or choose the colors to match your party's color scheme.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 14-16 cups popped popcorn (2 3.3 oz bags microwave popcorn)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 16 ounces marshmallows
  • 3 ounces Jell-O powder
  • butter or shortening for greasing hands

Instructions
 

  • Prepare a piece of wax paper for later.
  • Pick any unpopped kernels from the popcorn. Set aside.
    14-16 cups popped popcorn
  • In a large microwave safe bowl or saucepan, melt together the butter and marshmallows until the mixture is smooth.
    ¼ cup butter, 16 ounces marshmallows
  • Stir in the Jell-O powder.
    3 ounces Jell-O powder
  • Pour over the popcorn and stir to coat.
  • Grease hands and form into baseball sized balls. Place on wax paper to set. Add more grease to hands as necessary and keep forming balls until the mixture is all used.
  • Store in an airtight container once completely cooled or wrap individual balls in plastic wrap or cellophane bags. They are best in the first day or two, but will store for several days at room temperature.

Notes

You can use freshly popped popcorn or a couple of bags of microwave popcorn for this recipe. A little salt and butter flavor adds a nice contrast to the marshmallows, but I would avoid strongly flavored or movie theater butter style popcorn.
A 10 ounce bag of marshmallows will be enough to hold the balls together, but a 16 ounce bag gives a softer, almost gooey texture which is a nice contrast to the crunchy popcorn. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1popcorn ballCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 63mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 96IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Amanda

Tuesday 9th of July 2024

My family loved these!