Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

These are such a simple treat that is perfect for gifts and tastes DELICIOUS! 

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls... these are such a simple treat that is perfect for gifts and tastes DELICIOUS!

Do you have some last minute holiday gifts you need to get out? These Marshmallow Popcorn Balls are a fabulous option. They come together super quick and are a classic holiday recipe.

They are easy to change colors depending on the holiday or occasion and are chewy and delicious!

This recipe comes from my sister’s in-laws and has become one of her go to treats for neighbor gifts. I was super excited to have her share it with me and am thrilled to be able to share it with you today.

I hope you all have some wonderful plans for this holiday season with delicious menus and good company!

4.3 from 9 reviews
Marshmallow Popcorn Balls
 
These are such a simple treat that is perfect for gifts and tastes DELICIOUS!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 16 cups popped pop corn
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1⅓ cups sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 1 (10 oz) bag marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter, sugar, and corn syrup together. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Pour over pop corn and stir until well incorporated. Spray your hands with cooking spray and form 3 inch balls. Place on parchment paper. Makes about 17 to 18 popcorn balls.

Enjoy!

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls... these are such a simple treat that is perfect for gifts and tastes DELICIOUS!

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  1. Lisa of Fresh Eggs Daily

    I'm confused, there are no marshmallows listed in the ingredients? They look delicious though. I've got all the ingredients if you could update with how many marshmallows.

    1. Chef in Training

      I am so sorry about that! It is one 10 ounce bag and it is updated to say that now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

  2. Andrea W

    You left the marshmallows out of the ingredient list.

    1. Chef in Training

      I am so sorry about that! It is one 10 ounce bag and it is updated to say that now. Thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

  3. Roxana

    These look so yummy! They totally remind me of rice krispie treats, but with popcorn (even better)! Awesome recipe!

    1. Rachel Carnell

      could i add coco to make them chocolate ball

  4. Lana M.

    Can you use marshmallow creme in place of the marshmallows?

  5. Tiffany

    What type of popcorn is recommended? We no longer have our popcorn popper, so the only option is microwave. I am guessing the movie theater type (extra buttery) would not taste the best with this? But wanted to check to see if you had any recommendations?

    1. Chef in Training

      I use plain popcorn. No added flavor :)

  6. Katie

    5

    I made these today to put in everybody's stockings tonight. They came out great!

  7. Valerie

    5

    My grandmother used to make these but added a little food coloring then formed the balls around tootsie pop suckers so that you had a handle on your popcorn ball. All of my school mates waited every year for my birthday because they knew these would be coming!

  8. Veda

    Making this as we speak, and they are not sticking together,
    As you would say holding to make a ball.. tease great
    Just not a popcorn ball.. what to do now

  9. Mindy

    I followed the directions . But mines seem not to stick together? Frustrated. What did I do wrong?

  10. Cathleen

    5

    I have lite corn syrup and kettle popcorn, (microwaveable), is that OK to use?

  11. Tina

    4

    After putting all ingredients in saucepan, and melting it you say take off and pour over the popcorn.. don't you have too let it come to a boil.. you don't mention anything about that..
    I made some, and had to bring it to a boil... Did you leave that out or is how you do it... just asking

  12. Deb

    Could I use margarine so hey would be lactose free??

  13. Courtney

    I just made these and they will not stay together! All my balls are now flat after repeatedly forming them. I did everything to direction. What happened?!

  14. Jill

    5

    I made these yesterday and they were a huge hit!

  15. Christina

    How long do these last? Will they get mushy if I send them to family out of state?

  16. Mom

    How long should the sugar and butter mixture cook? Or what temp?

  17. Jenni Sue

    Great recipe! Thank you for sharing! We made two flavors! Orange dreamcycle-using "frosting creations" powder stirred in with marshmallows and vanilla. We also made hot chocolate using cocoa powder, a tab more butter and a dash of cinnamon.
    I used microwave movie theater popcorn. The extra butter and salt was a good offset to the sweetness!

  18. Isabella

    On the instructions it does not say to put the stove too.

  19. Lauren

    How many days ahead can I make them and use them in goodie bags? I'm hoping to make them 3 or 4 days ahead.

  20. Lauren

    How many days ahead can I make them and use them in goodie bags? I'm hoping to make them 3 or 4 days ahead. How long do they take to dry befor I can put them in goodie wrappers?

  21. Jenesia

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! Can't wait to share these with the in laws since they have a big sweet tooth! (:

  22. Beverly

    2

    My popcorn balls won’t stick together! They just fall apart. Do taste good though I have put it in a bowl and mashed down waiting for it to cool off now to see if I can cut into squares.

  23. Tamra

    5

    These are amazing! I made them for Halloween and had lots of compliments! Easy to make. Thank you!!!

  24. Roxanne Antil

    5

    These are excellent and easy to make. Stick together nice and have plenty of gooey stuff on them making them extra good. I add a package of jello for flavoring and color (orange for halloween).

  25. Mayuri Harish

    3

    Can I substitute corn syrup with anything else?

  26. Mary

    I thought these was way to sweet. Wished I would have made just the reg marsh mellow balls

  27. Linda Jessen

    These are the most delicious popcorn balls I have ever had. I used an additional 4 cups of popcorn though. There was plenty of batter.

  28. Mary

    These are delicious and easy to make. My go to popcorn ball recipe!

  29. Missy

    Can you make it without using corn syrup?

  30. Bridget

    How many does this make??

  31. Stacy

    How long can these be kept at room temp in a sealed container?

  32. Jessica Conley

    I made this recipe to the T and I can’t get the popcorn to stick together to make balls. It literally falls apart. What do I do?

  33. Shantel

    I didn’t have enough corn syrup so I used some honey and they came out amazing 😊

  34. Linda

    Can you use any flavor like bubblegum, root beer, tutti-fruity etc?

  35. Laura

    Do you know if these freeze or refrigerate well? I'd like to make these for a baby shower, about a week ahead of time.