Old-Fashioned Popcorn Balls

Growing up, my mom would always make popcorn balls for Halloween. We’d get out the corn syrup, the food coloring, the cellophane, and since we would know all the trick or treaters that would stop by, homemade treats were acceptable.

Since Halloween has become a dress rehearsal for Christmas, (it’s an all day marathon with a kid’s party at school, the Hiawatha parade in the afternoon, and Tour de Everest at night) I’ve relegated these delicious little bites to the most wonderful time of the year. They naturally resemble little snowballs, they’re super-simple, a little different, and then they don’t get jealous of all the Halloween chocolate! Plus, sprinkles.

You will need:

  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 13-15 cups popped popcorn
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Assorted sprinkles (optional)
  • Festive paper straws (optional)
  • Festive Christmas cupcake liners (optional)

Melt the butter in a large pot on medium high heat, stir in the marshmallows, when melted and gooey, add in the salt and the vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Working in batches, work in the popcorn, about 3 cups at a time, stirring constantly. When all the popcorn is evenly coated and still warm, coat your hands with cooking spray, grab a handful and form them into balls, rotating and compressing them together until they hold their shape. Set in paper liners. (I use two liners and turn the top one inside out so you get the pretty printed part framing your beautiful popcorn ball).

Sprinkle with assorted sprinkles and cut a paper straw in half and gently press them halfway down. Cool and serve them up!

Side note: I think these were the Rainbow Crew’s favorite while we were filming Kids for Christmas, so don’t wait for the kids! Make them for yourself, make them for your friends! Shoot, I bet Santa wouldn’t mind them either!


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