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!

Bam! Done!

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!
<p>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.</p>
<p>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.</p><p>1. They do not make microwavable bowls that large where I live,</p><p>2. No matter how much I greased my hands they would always stick.</p><p>3. They didn't even stay in a ball shape. </p><p>So now I have a few huge lumps of popcorn and marshmallow sitting in my fridge and a ginormous mess to clean. </p>
<p>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. </p>
Made some plain popcorn balls today with my daughter and husband. They loved it! This was an instant classic for us.
<p>I used campfire-sized marshmallows, and they worked out just as good! Yummy midnight snack!</p>
great! did with my son - he loved it! will add pic later
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.
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!
Cute and delicious a perfect party snack!
Aaaaaaaand there goes this week's gym workout<br><br>:D
Those three minutes of making time can still be utilised; no need to feel bad about tasty food! :D
Who says I feel bad about this? :D
<strong>A lovely simple recipe that my little one could help mama with AND use her hands..wow! ...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.</strong>
Looks DELICIOUS. And easy, which is a great plus.
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.
Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. It looks so yummy and pretty!<br>Sunshiine
You should make a pumpkin spice flavor, and drizzle white chocolate with regular to make zebra!!
These look delicious!!! You always post so many amazing looking recipes, one after another :)

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