This easy marshmallow popcorn ball recipe is extremely fast & easy. No need to break out the candy thermometer to make these popcorn balls!
We try to have a family move night once a week. Since it's a movie night, our treat is usually popcorn. Once in a while, though, we have the kids' favorite treat - popcorn balls.
Now, by the time that dinner is over, I'm done with the cooking and baking for the day. So, whatever I make at that point has to be easy.
And this easy popcorn ball recipe is just that. It's really similar to the recipe for cereal treats with a few tweaks and additions.
The popcorn balls are delicious with candy (the way my husband and kids like them) or without (the way that I prefer them).
How to make popcorn balls
- Have fun with the flavors of popcorn that you use to make them! I use plain (no butter, no salt) microwave popcorn. Marshmallow flavored popcorn would also be good.
- Be sure to take out any unpopped kernels before you add in the popcorn.
Can I use a different type of popcorn
Yes! You can use air-popped or any other type of popcorn that you'd like to use. The amount of popcorn that you would need to use is in a note underneath the recipe.
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Easy Popcorn Ball Recipe
- 1 bag natural microwave popcorn*
- ¼ cup butter
- 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pop popcorn according to package directions; set aside.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter.
- Continue cooking until butter begins to turn golden brown.
- Add marshmallows, and stir constantly until marshmallows have melted.
- Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
- Add popcorn, and fold into marshmallow mixture.
- When mixture is cool enough to handle, lightly spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray.
- Scoop about 1 cup of the popcorn mixture and smoosh it into a ball.
- Place on a sheet of waxed paper, parchment paper, or silicone baking mat to cool.
**You can press candy pieces into the outside of popcorn balls. ***Nutrition values are estimates.