Easy Popcorn Ball childhood favorite! + Video
These simple popcorn balls are sticky and delicious, everyone will love them! They are perfect for any party, holiday or party, and they are very simple!
Marshmallow popcorn balls are the perfect dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you like these sticky popcorn snacks, then you will also like caramel marshmallow popcorn and birthday cake popcorn!
Does anyone remember eating sweet and sticky popcorn balls when they were young? ! I do! ! In fact, this is the only memory I have of them, because I feel that they have disappeared from my life for about 25 years, until recently.
I saw these sweets at the school fair and asked my mother to find her recipe because I wanted to make some. I am so glad we found it because I know these simple popcorn balls will be popular with my own children.
Not only are they popular with children, but my husband, myself, my nieces and nephews, and my sisters all love them! ! Of course, they may cause some tooth decay and can only be made on special occasions (or holidays such as Halloween), but they are very good and remind me of my childhood.
How to make popcorn balls
This recipe is so easy! The following are the ingredients needed for popcorn balls:
- Corn syrup
- Powdered sugar
- Mini marshmallows
- Ordinary popcorn
- Food coloring
Once you put these ingredients together, you only need to follow a few steps to make these delicious marshmallow popcorn balls.
Popcorn. Popcorn and make sure to remove all grains (we used 2 – 3.2 ounce bags of regular popcorn). Pour into a large bowl.
Marshmallow mixture. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine corn syrup, margarine, water, powdered sugar, food coloring, and marshmallows. Heat and stir until the mixture boils. Carefully pour it on the popcorn and stir to cover the popcorn.
Forming a ball. Let it cool a bit and then butter your fingers so that you can easily squeeze the popcorn into 3-4 inch balls before they cool.
tip: Wrap the ball in cellophane or plastic film and store at room temperature.
No popcorn in a bag? A 3.28-ounce bag of popcorn contains 5 tablespoons of unpopped corn kernels or about 11 cups of popped corn. For this recipe, you can buy about 20 cups of regular pre-popped rice, 10 tablespoons of your own corn kernels, or 2 bags of regular microwave popcorn.
Food coloring. We ended up making pink marshmallow popcorn balls because that was the color I remember when I was young, but you can make them in any color you like.
size. You can also make them into any size you want to help limit your child’s consumption. We made a size of about 3-4 inches, which is a big size. But we think we can even be smaller and add popsicle sticks to eliminate some of the confusion and stickiness that these bring. 😉
Tips for storing popcorn
Did you know you can freeze popcorn cubes? That’s right! Keeping them frozen helps them retain moisture, which makes them more popular. You can even remove them directly from the refrigerator. It only takes a little extra time to pop up. You can also freeze popcorn in an airtight container. It will not actually freeze, but will stay fresh for a few weeks.
Can I freeze popcorn balls? Yes, just wrap each ball with plastic film and put them in a sealed freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 2 weeks. Allow to thaw at room temperature, then remove the plastic packaging.
I love that we have this recipe again in our lives, and we can change them through color (and taste) on any occasion or event. They are perfect for vacations, parties or any gathering.
For more popcorn recipes, please check:
Course desserts, snacks
Preparation time 5 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Calories 141 kcal
Author Little Luna
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup margarine
- 2 teaspoons cold water
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup marshmallows
- 20 cups regular popcorn 2-3.2 oz bag
- A few drops of red food coloring or color of choice
Popcorn, be sure to take out all the corn kernels. Pour into a large bowl.
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 boils.
Carefully pour it over the popcorn, stirring to cover each corn kernel.
Let it cool a bit, then butter your fingers so that you can easily squeeze the popcorn into 3-4 inch balls before they cool.
Wrap in cellophane or plastic film and store at room temperature.
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