Halloween Popcorn Ball Recipe

Searching for a yummy popcorn ball recipe? Look no further! I have been making this recipe for years, and both young and old adore them. They are really quick to make, but they'll look like you spent hours on them!

Popcorn ball recipe

Popcorn balls make a perfect gift to hand out at Halloween. I add color to mine and wrap them individually to hand out to trick-or-treaters. With the cost of Halloween candy these days, you can save yourself a fortune using this idea!

Easy Popcorn Ball Recipe


  • 5 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

How to Make Popcorn Balls

1. Pop popcorn according to the directions (or buy it already made). I use microwave popcorn and it works just as well...however, it's really hard to find plain microwave popcorn (it seems like they all have butter), so I use kettle corn instead. The sweetness of kettle corn makes this popcorn balls recipe delicious!

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, margarine, vanilla, cold water, 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.

Popcorn Balls

3. Grease hands with vegetable shortening (or non-stick spray) and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls. This can be a bit tricky because your mixture is going to be REALLY hot when you first make it, but you must form the balls before it cools entirely. Keep checking the popcorn mixture so that you can mold it as soon as it becomes cool enough to tolerate on your hands.

4. Wrap finished popcorn balls in cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

To Make Colored Popcorn Balls Recipe

If you want to make orange or green (or any other color...) popcorn balls for Halloween, simply add a few drops of food coloring during step two (before you mix the mixture with the popcorn). For another look, try rolling them in sprinkles while they are still a little moist. Wrap them in a small sandwich bag or treat bag and top with a Halloween themed ribbon.

How to Make Popcorn Balls

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