S’mores popcorn balls are great party or Halloween treats or desserts! This easy marshmallow popcorn ball recipe makes the best popcorn balls.
This time of year seems to be the time for popcorn balls. Maybe it’s all of the upcoming Halloween parties. Whatever the reason, it’s definitely that time of year!
These S’mores Popcorn Balls are more like a rice krispies treat meets a traditional popcorn ball. They have gooey, buttery marshmallow holding all of the other good stuff together.
These popcorn balls are super easy to make, and they taste great!
How To Make S’mores Popcorn Balls
Pop the popcorn according to package directions. Set aside.
Add the butter to a large saucepan. Cook until it begins to turn golden brown.
Stir in the marshmallows and continue to stir regularly until completely melted. Remove frm heat and stir in vanilla.
Add the popcorn and Golden Grahams and fold in. Let the mixture cool enough to easily handle.
Lightly spritz your hands with nonstick cooking spray and smoosh about 1 cup each into ball.
Sprinkle the mini chips over each ball and gently press into the ball. Let cool to room temperature on waxed paper or a silicone baking mat.
Tips For Making Popcorn Balls
- Popcorn: I use a natural (unflavored) microwave popcorn. You can use air popped or any other type of popcorn you prefer.
- Chocolate Chips: I like to use mini chocolate chips. However, you can use full-size or even jumbo chocolate chips if you prefer.
- Marshmallows: Large marshmallows can be used in place of mini marshmallows.
- If the popcorn mixture is too warm when you add the chocolate chips, they will melt. Make sure you let it cool down to about room temperature.
- The popcorn balls are best eaten the day they’re made. To store them, wrap them in plastic wrap and store at room temperature.
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S'mores Popcorn Balls
- 3 ounce bag natural microwave popcorn 8 cups popped popcorn
- 1/4 cup butter
- 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups Golden Grahams cereal
- 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 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 Golden Grahams, 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.
- Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, and gently press them into the popcorn ball.
- Place on a sheet of waxed paper, parchment paper, or silicone baking mat to cool.
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Originally published 10/19/15. Updated with new photos and tips 10/26/19.
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Comments & Reviews
lila reich says
These are so easy and fast and a great dessert
Can you use marshmallow creme instead of marshmallows?
I haven’t tried using marshmallow creme in this recipe to say for certain how it would work.
Pam frame says
Can you wrap in plastic wrap or decorated wax wrap to keep? How long do they keep room temperature or should they be refridgerzted ?
You can wrap them, but the moisture does soften the popcorn. I haven’t tried to chill them, but that may help keep them fresher than storing them at room temp.
Jeanelle Mercer says
Can you use regular graham crackers instead of using golden grahams
I recommend Golden Grahams as they stay crunchier than graham crackers.
Do you think this work work just pressing it into a baking dish to make s’mores popcorn bars?
I do! I’ve made them into bars before, and it worked out fine. I would just suggest giving your knife a little spritz of nonstick spray as I found that they stuck a little when I went to cut them. Good luck! =)
Christina Warren says
I am thinking of creating a popcorn ball barwhere the guests create their own popcorn balls with available add ins such as nuts, m&ms, golden grahams, …. can I make the marshmallow mixture and keep it warm in a crock pot for my guests to use when making their own?
I’m not sure! That sounds like a really fun idea, but I’ve never tried to keep the marshmallow mixture warm in a crock pot.
About how many does this recipe make?
The recipe makes about 10 popcorn balls.
Thank you for this recipe!
I took these to my friends Camp Themed baby shower and they were a huge hit!
What a fun baby shower theme! I’m so glad that they were a hit! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!
Could you turn this into a bark?
I’m not sure! I haven’t tried to make this recipe as a bark.
Made these with my 11 year old grandson while my other little grandsons enjoyed them with a glass of milk and they were a hit.
Glad you enjoyed them!
Cat K says
My daughter-in-law loves anything s’mores so she sent this recipe to me today. Not sure if she expected me to make them right away or not but I love her and they sounded fairly easy. They were pretty easy but think maybe I should have rolled them all first then did the chocolate chips. The first ones are a bit melty but I’m sure they will be fine.
Cat K says
Forgot to rate it, I would give it 4****
Can you quantify how large is “one bag” of popcorn is? I buy my kernels bulk. Thanks!
When I’ve measured the amount of popped popcorn in the bag, it’s been about 10-11 cups. It seems to vary a little in each bag, but I hope that at least gives you a better idea of how much you’ll need!
That’s perfect— thanks!
Can these be made a few days ahead of time? Best way to store them?
You could, but honestly, they taste better the first day or two. After a couple days, they start to taste a little soggy and stale. I store them flat in a gallon-sized plastic baggie.
I had a little trouble getting the chocolate chips to stick, so I scooped out the popcorn mix into one hand and dropped on some chips with the other hand. Then formed them into balls, so the chips were in the middle. (I probably used more than one cup of chips this way.)
I’m glad you were able to figure out a work-around!
About how many balls does one batch make?
One batch should make about 14 popcorn balls.
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
These look absolutely AWESOME Kate! Pinned!
Thanks so much, Trish! =)
Happy Valley Chow says
Oh man those look totally awesome! I love popcorn balls, such a fun Halloween treat. Thanks for sharing, pinned!