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Easy Popcorn Balls

Easy Popcorn Balls are the quintessential fall and Halloween dessert. Super fun, ooey-gooey treat to make with kids! Add candy for an extra bit of fun.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how do i make easy popcorn balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 514kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 cups plain popped popcorn 1/3 cup unpopped
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • 2 cups candy pieces optional

Instructions

  • Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, butter, confectioners’ sugar and marshmallows. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Carefully combine the hot mixture with the popcorn, coating each kernel. Stir in candy pieces, if desired.
  • Grease hands with shortening and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls before the mixture cools. Wrap with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Notes

  • Grab enough popcorn to make the balls about 3-4 inches in diameter, which is a good size for this treat.
  • Another option is to form them into bite-size balls. Stick a popsicle stick in the center to reduce the amount of hand stickiness when eaten.
  • To skip the candy in the balls while still sprucing up the popcorn balls, add colored sprinkles. It'll look fun!
  • Chopped dried fruit, chocolate or chopped nuts are other great options for mix-ins.
  • Transform popcorn balls into edible pumpkins! Use orange food coloring to add color to the balls. Then use a small piece of black licorice or Rolo candy to place on top of the ball
  • To add coloring, add 3-5 drops of food coloring to the mixture in the saucepan before adding the popcorn. To achieve more of a tie-dye effect, add a single drop of several colors and use a knife to swirl it around before adding popcorn.

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 261IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg