Popcorn Balls are a fun treat that remind me of my childhood and my paternal grandparents. When I was young my Grandma Gladys & Grandpa Arnold owned a small store in the tiny town that they lived in. Everyone shopped there and everyone knew them. Each morning my grandma would make sandwiches of all kinds, rice krispie treats and popcorn balls. Her sandwiches and homemade treats were a big hit with the local men who came to the shop every day to get themselves lunch. I always looked forward to a day off of school when I could go help out at the shop and help my grandma make the krispie treats and popcorn balls early in the morning.
It’s been so fun to share the recipe & the joy of making popcorn balls with my own children. They’re tasty and so simple to make, definitely one of the easier recipes to have the kids help with. Healthy, they are not! And that’s why we make them each year in the fall, right around Halloween. They make for a special treat.
What you’ll need:
1 bag mini marshmallows
A very large bowl of popcorn (or 3 bags of microwave popcorn)
1/2 stick butter
A very large bowl
Wax or parchment paper
Melt the butter in the large pot over medium heat, do not let burn. Once butter is melted, pour in the entire bag of marshmallows. Start stirring immediately and do not stop. Slowly stir until completely melted and smooth. Turn the heat off. Use a bit more butter on your hands (yes, all over- I promise you’ll be a mess if you don’t) and coat the wooden spoon with a small amount. With your popcorn in the large bowl, slowly pour the melted marshmallow over the popcorn, try to coat evenly. Take your wooden spoon and begin mixing. You’ll want to coat all of the popcorn. Once you’ve mixed with the spoon you can start using your hands, it’s easier that way. When the popcorn is all coated with marshmallow, begin forming it into balls. You can make them any size! Set them on the wax paper to let cool. Serve immediately, wrap individually in plastic wrap or toss them in a ziploc bag. They should last about a week before getting hard.
I happen to think that my Grandma Gladys’ popcorn ball recipe is the best. I can’t imagine using corn syrup like some recipes call for. Yuck. The marshmallow and butter mixture gives them an amazing flavor & I love the sweet and salty taste!
Have you tried Popcorn Balls?