Introduction: Easy Popcorn Balls

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Three ingredients, three minutes, and three easy steps - that's all you need to make these easy, gooey, chewy popcorn balls. Say goodbye to your candy thermometer! Arrivederci, corn syrup. Smell ya later, elusive hard-ball stage! Your microwave is your new best friend. So pop some corn, grease up your hands, and let's get ballin'.

Step 1: Ingredients

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Are you ready for this list?

1: Popcorn (1/2 cup kernels or one 3.5-ounce package plain microwave popcorn)
2: Marshmallows (1 10-oz bag)
3: Butter (1/4 cup)

Boom! You're done.

Step 2: Mix It Up

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1: Pop your popcorn. I like to then either scoop or pour it out into a big bowl so I can get rid of the kernels and burned bits at the bottom. Popping my corn on the stove while microwaving the other ingredients cut my time down to a cool three minutes.

2: Melt your butter in a large bowl in the microwave (took me about 50 seconds). Add marshmallows, and microwave for two minutes, stirring after one. (three minutes!)

3: Fold popcorn into mixture and form into balls (ok, this can take a few extra minutes, but it's crazy fun, so who cares!) I got twenty two 2" balls from this. *tip: grease your hands well before forming popcorn balls, and be sure to get in between those fingers!

Bam! Done!

Step 3: Play With Your Balls

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As you can see, I got a little crazy with my popcorn balls after the first half dozen. I added candy corn for some, m&ms for others. You can add anything you can think of. For my next batch, I think I'll add a bag of Rolos with the marshmallow mixture before I add the popcorn. Buttery, chocolatey, caramel corn popcorn balls? Yes please!

What kind will you make? Post your pictures in the comments below, and I'll hit you up with a 3-mo PRO membership!


michele.teitelbaum.5 (author)2016-11-24

They taste great. However, I had a big gooey mess and could not form balls. I just pressed them into a pan and hope that they will dry out enough to cut into squares. Any ideas as to what I can do differently to create the balls. Thank you for taking the time to post this recipe.

OliviaD33 (author)2016-09-12

I made it, however I have no photos since they turned out like trash. I think I may have misread the instructions I realized I had not.

1. They do not make microwavable bowls that large where I live,

2. No matter how much I greased my hands they would always stick.

3. They didn't even stay in a ball shape.

So now I have a few huge lumps of popcorn and marshmallow sitting in my fridge and a ginormous mess to clean.

CherylR12 made it! (author)2015-09-29

made these for a children's class teaching them how God made the trees, etc Made the popcorn balls, added green sprinkles and used a large pretzel stick for the trunk.

BluMelaninQueen made it! (author)2015-08-23

Made some plain popcorn balls today with my daughter and husband. They loved it! This was an instant classic for us.

CaseyMann95 (author)2014-11-21

I used campfire-sized marshmallows, and they worked out just as good! Yummy midnight snack!

punzelife (author)2012-10-31

great! did with my son - he loved it! will add pic later

BeanCounterDan (author)2012-02-14

Great recipe! Turned it into an adventure in decorating for my 2 and 4 year old. We decided to go with popcorn ball snowmen or at least a 2 and 4 year old renditioning.

zurichko (author)2011-11-19

So I needed a quick and easy little treat to give to my church class and this is by far the easiest, yummiest treat! Thanks Scooch!

Lily Baldwin (author)2011-11-04

Cute and delicious a perfect party snack!

andycyca (author)2011-10-26

Aaaaaaaand there goes this week's gym workout


Kryptonite (author)andycyca2011-10-27

Those three minutes of making time can still be utilised; no need to feel bad about tasty food! :D

andycyca (author)Kryptonite2011-10-27

Who says I feel bad about this? :D

Kryptonite (author)andycyca2011-10-30


GaiaXaia (author)2011-10-29

A lovely simple recipe that my little one could help mama with AND use her! ...I used rainbow drops to add color , drizzled melted chocolate on in zig zags and it was loved by adults , kiddies and was safe enought for 1 yr olds to nibble.. a big hit.

midsummermuse (author)2011-10-27

Looks DELICIOUS. And easy, which is a great plus.

jbrecken (author)2011-10-27

It's pretty much Rice Krispies treats made with popcorn? It seems so obvious, yet it took so long for someone to put that together.

sunshiine (author)2011-10-26

Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. It looks so yummy and pretty!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2011-10-26


Senior Waffleman (author)2011-10-26

You should make a pumpkin spice flavor, and drizzle white chocolate with regular to make zebra!!

Senior Waffleman (author)2011-10-26

These look delicious!!! You always post so many amazing looking recipes, one after another :)

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