Recipe for popcorn balls

10 Oct

With the holidays around the corner, the festive baking season begins. This year I will be experimenting with different recipes to create gift plates of treats and goodies to present to our friends and family during holiday get-togethers. If you are on a tight budget this is a great way to stay frugal with your money and no one feels left out. I’m starting off with a popcorn ball recipe.

What you’ll need


  • Long handled spoon
  • Deep pot
  • Butter, lard, or oil to grease your hands
  • Saran wrap


  • ¼ cup of butter
  • ¼ cup of light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • Good sprinkling of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 10 oz bag of mini marshmallows
  • ½ bag of M&Ms ≈ about 1 cup
  • Approximately 5 cups of popped popcorn ≈ about 1 ½ bags of popped popcorn


Pop your popcorn first and allow it to cool.

In a deep pot, combine all of the ingredients except the popcorn and M&Ms. Cook them over a medium – low heat, stirring continually. Once smooth and melted, remove the pot from heat and add the popcorn. After the popcorn has been coated with the mixture fold in your M&Ms.

Now, you can grease your hands to handle and shape your popcorn balls and finally, wrap them in saran wrap to keep them fresh and from drying out.


Change it up:

  • Holiday or seasonal  M&Ms
  • Chunks of dried fruit
  • Reese’s pieces
  • Nuts
  • Toffee or other candies
  • Different flavorings such as peppermint or coffee

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