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Today I am sharing a recipe on How to Make Popcorn Balls which are a fun fall snack idea and can be enjoyed any season. Made easily in minutes, these tasty popcorn snacks are very portable too!

Whether you are hosting a Halloween party, or just enjoying a quiet date night at home, these easy popcorn balls make a great Fall snack idea.

How to make popcorn balls

Hello Friends! How is your week going? We are enjoying the cool weather of the season and enjoying watching our sports. There is nothing like getting together with family and friends around the television to enjoy a good game or movie.

Today’s recipe is an easy one when you are looking for a fun fall dessert idea. These are great for Halloween parties, football parties, and even lunch box snacks.

Why this Popcorn Ball Recipe?

This easy popcorn ball recipe can be made in minutes on your stove top. These homemade popcorn balls are a fun and festive way to enjoy the season. 

These homemade treats are nice for a party or gathering too. 



Popcorn Balls with marshmallows

Tips for making Popcorn Balls

They are super easy to make and chances are you have all the ingredients on hand. Before making these, gather all of your ingredients and also be sure to have waxed paper on hand. I like to use wax paper to wrap the popcorn balls so that they don’t stick.

You will want to make sure that you have some wax paper to help you roll up the balls. They are sticky when warm and using waxed paper to roll them into balls saves on time and clean up.

These are best made ahead of time so that they have time to cool and set.

You can embellish these with sprinkles and candy melts after they cool if you like.


This recipe requires the following ingredients:

Popped popcorn – You can use microwave popcorn or popcorn from an air popper. You will need 4 cups of popcorn for this recipe.  Be sure to remove any unpopped kernels. 

Corn syrup


Powdered Sugar

Butter or margarine

Equipment and Tools

  • baking sheet
  • Medium Saucepan or large pot
  • Large bowl
  • rubber spatula
  • parchment paper
  • Note – you do not need a candy thermometer for this recipe.

How do you make popcorn balls

Classic popcorn balls

Popcorn balls have been around since I was a kid and I remember that we used to actually get these as trick or treat snacks from the neighbors. All you do is melt ingredients on the stovetop,

melt marshmallows on stove

And then add popped popcorn and shape.


popcorn with marshmallows

Super simple and delicious!

Popcorn Balls

For more great fall snack ideas, check out these easy recipes ideas:

Candied Popcorn Recipe – A great popcorn snack that we make all year round.

Fall Crispie Snack – A fun twist on the usual cereal snack recipe.

Fall Trail Mix – This fun blend of trail mix is just for fall.

Fall Snacks – all fall-themed snacks for the season.



How to make popcorn balls recipe

Popcorn Balls Recipe

How to make popcorn balls
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Popcorn Balls

Steps to make a fun popcorn treat recipe
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword balls, fall produce, popcorn recipe, pppcorn, snack
Prep Time 30 minutes
1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 274kcal
Cost 2


  • 4 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, butter, marshmallows, and corn syrup.
  • Stir and heat until marshmallows are dissolved into the syrup mixture.
  • Gradually add popped popcorn to the marshmallow mixture while stirring to coat, one cup at a time.
  • Once all the popcorn has been added roll and the popcorn mixture is cool enough to handle. Roll into 3-inch popcorn balls using waxed paper to roll together and prevent popcorn from sticking to hands.
  • Wrap each ball in waxed paper and let cool completely.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 2mg

timesaving tips to streamline recipes

I love making popcorn balls on the stove, but you can also microwave the marshmallows too. I

like to make my popcorn balls small enough that a child could hole them, but you can make these larger if you want. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the popcorn balls have to fully set before enjoying.

How long do popcorn balls stay fresh?

Popcorn balls stay fresh 3-4 days if stored in an airtight container in a cool place. You can also wrap them in plastic wrap. They are best eaten the same day they are prepared. 

You can add a little bit of candy corn to the popcorn balls. 

More Delicious Recipes – Easy Halloween Treat Recipes

Halloween Candied Pretzels – A cute spooky treat that is so simple to make.

Fondant Ghost MuffinsAn easy and fun snack idea that takes about 10 minutes

Fall Crispie Snack – A fun twist on the usual cereal snack recipe.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Delicious chocolate chip cookies with pumpkin!

Cinnamon Popcorn – A delicious sweet twist on popcorn. 

We hope you enjoyed this easy recipe idea!


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Monday 21st of October 2019

I love popcorn balls but have never made them. Do you recommend putting food color in them to make them festive or ditch the food coloring and do something else like sprinkles or something?


Thursday 24th of October 2019

I love both! My preferred would be to add sprinkles because you can make them look so festive with them. Thanks for visiting Christy!


Wednesday 16th of October 2019

Scarlet says.. "these are literally magic." I agree. So many of my favorite things together. What could go wrong??