Popcorn Ball Recipe


Nothing says “nostalgic childhood dessert” like popcorn balls!  I used to love eating them as a kid, and still love them as a “big kid” of thirty something.  They remind me of autumn, as they seemed to surface most often around Halloween, but they’re delicious any day of the year.


I found this recipe for popcorn balls online a few years ago, and was happy to discover that it’s a great one.  They’re easy to make, and the recipe produces soft and delicious popcorn balls – not rock-hard, tooth-chipping ones!

Though the recipe doesn’t “require” coloration, you can add color to your popcorn balls by using food coloring.  Orange for Halloween, red or green for Christmas, pastels for Easter?  I chose to leave my batch colorless and added a pop of color in the packaging.  (Cellophane, ribbon, tag, etc.)


Popcorn Ball Recipe

Yield: 20 popcorn balls


¾ cup light corn syrup
¼ cup butter or margarine
2 teaspoons cold water
2 5/8 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 cup marshmallows
5 quarts popped popcorn


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, butter, cold water, confectioner’s sugar and marshmallows.  (Add food coloring now, if you opt to add color to your popcorn balls)  Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil.  Carefully combine the hot mixture with the popcorn, coating each kernel.  Grease hands with margarine or cooking spray and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls before it cools.  Once cool, wrap with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Helpful Hints:

3 bags of microwave popcorn = roughly 5 quarts.

Pop the popcorn and remove all un-popped kernels of popcorn before coating with the sugary mixture.

Use a greased measuring cup (1 cup) to scoop up the coated popcorn and to ensure uniform portions – finish by rounding the portion into a ball by hand.


I hope you enjoy this fun, festive, and yummy recipe!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted October 4, 2011 at 11:21 am by cris | Permalink

    How fun! Thanks for the recipe. You’ve made your Popcorn Balls so festive!

  2. Posted October 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm by Barbara | Permalink

    What a tasty treat! Brings back memories.

  3. Posted October 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm by Melody | Permalink

    You’re very welcome. Thank you for the compliment, and for commenting! I always love hearing from readers…

  4. Posted October 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for commenting, and thank you again for the beautiful purses!
    I’m happy to share this recipe and keep the popcorn ball tradition going strong…