As life has gotten busier, we’ve had to set aside time to just be together as a family. So, Fridays have become our family night.
On Fridays, we have a quick dinner, and then we play a board game or two. Then, it’s time for my kids’ favorite part – a movie and some popcorn!
And my kids seriously love popcorn! Most nights we go with a classic flavor like butter, but once in a while, we go all out and make a special popcorn treat.
Now, these Sweet & Salty Popcorn Balls really aren’t difficult to make, and if you can make a marshmallow cereal treat, then you can make these popcorn balls.
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.
- You might be tempted to mix the M&Ms and chocolate chips in. Don’t. Mixing them into the mixture will leave you with a chocolaty mess. It works much better to just press them into the outside of the popcorn ball.
More popcorn ball recipes
- S’mores Popcorn Balls
- Easy Popcorn Ball Recipe
- Dirt Balls (Halloween Popcorn Balls)
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Sweet & Salty Popcorn Balls
- 3 oz bag JOLLY TIME Crispy n' White Popcorn
- 1/4 c . butter
- 10 oz bag marshmallows
- 1 c . pretzel pieces
- 1 c . mini or regular M&M's
- 1/2 c . mini chocolate chips
- Pop popcorn according to package directions.
- Set aside to cool.
- In a large pot, melt butter over low heat.
- Add marshmallows, and cook, stirring regularly, until melted.
- Remove any un-popped kernels from popcorn, and stir popped popcorn into marshmallow mixture.
- Add pretzel pieces, and stir in to combine.
- Using a 1 cup measuring cup for large popcorn balls or a 1/2 cup measuring cup for small popcorn balls, scoop out popcorn mixture.
- Shape into balls. If the mixture sticks to your hands, spray your hands lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
- Press M&M's and mini chocolate chips into the outside of the popcorn ball.
- Let cool to room temperature before serving.
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Comments & Reviews
Christina Hurt says
Can I use different popcorn?? I cant find Jolly time brand around where I live.
You can! Any plain (unflavored) popcorn will work. Hope that helps!
You just use one bag of popcorn to make 10 large balls?
Yes, the popcorn balls are about 1 cup each.
How far in advance can you make these before they are consumed? I would like to have them on a party dessert table.
I think they taste best the day that they’re made, but you could make them up to a day in advance. I wouldn’t suggest making them any farther in advance than that.
Can I freeze these for freshness over the holidays?
I’m not sure! I’ve never tried to freeze them. Sorry that I can’t be more help.
How many popcorn balls does this make?
You should get about 10-11 large popcorn balls, depending on how tightly you pack them.
Lanae Bond says
I have also wanted to make popcorn balls as a kid but for some reason never got a chance! I think I will finally make them this year and I will try your recipe!
If you’ve never made them, now is the time! =) This type of popcorn ball is super easy to make, and I hope that you enjoy them. =)
Karly Campbell says
These look absolutely amazeballs- pun intended. My kiddos will love them! …If I don’t eat them all first. Oops :)
LOL – gotta do some quality control before the kiddos try them! ;) Thanks so much, Karly!
Rahul @samosastreet.com says
I would love to be able to grab one right through the computer screen. Sweet and salty are my favorite combination.
Well, we would get along just fine then! =)