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
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
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!
Step 3: Play with your balls
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!