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Festive Popcorn Balls — 8 Different Flavors!

Popcorn is a wonderful snack that everyone loves and is eaten all year round! Yet, for some reason, popcorn balls only make an appearance around Christmas.

So I seized this opportunity to make every flavor combination of popcorn balls that I could think up!

These are quick and easy to make! Best part: no corn syrup! These are made with marshmallows… just like a Rice Krispie treat, except with popcorn.

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Getting Started

These were so quick and easy to make! Only 15 minutes from start to finish! I think I’m going to have to start making these all year long!

I used 1/2 cup of white popcorn kernels with 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a Whirley Pop on my stovetop. This is my favorite way to make popcorn.

I highly recommend using coconut oil! It makes washing out your Whirley Pop so much easier than other cooking oils. Plus it makes your popcorn taste amazing!

Since I was adding different flavors to my popcorn I wanted an unflavored popcorn. So I do not recommend using microwave popcorn to make your popcorn balls.

Make sure you have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start melting your marshmallows.  The marshmallows melt pretty quickly. Once you have added your popcorn and other ingredients to the melted marshmallows they set up pretty quickly. You’ll want to shape them into balls.

If children are helping make sure the mixture is cool enough before they start shaping the balls so they don’t burn their fingers. When I made these I started shaping the balls almost immediately. If it was too hot for me to touch I dropped the mixture into blobs onto parchment paper, using a  spatula, and then shaped each blob into a ball once it had cooled.

Each recipe makes 10-15 popcorn balls depending on how big you make them. Each recipe takes about 15 minutes to make start to finish.

The only flavors that NOT gluten-free are the S’Mores and the Oreo flavored popcorn balls. 

S’More’s Popcorn Ball

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 12 graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with the coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Place graham crackers in a gallon baggie and crush them into small pieces (but not powder!), using a rolling pin. Set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Set aside one hand full of mini marshmallows. Add remaining mini marshmallows and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add the crushed graham cracker, chocolate chips,  handful of mini marshmallows, and popped popcorn into the pot.
  • Stir into melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Once well mixed, shape into balls.

Almond Joy Popcorn Ball

I was very excited about how closely these tasted like the candy bar!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 2 cups coconut
  • 1  1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with the coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Toast the coconut. Spread coconut evenly onto a plate and microwave until toasted, stirring every 15 seconds. Set aside.
  • Coarsely chop the almonds. Set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add the bag of mini marshmallows to the melted butter and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add the toasted coconut, 1/2 cup chocolate chips,  chopped almonds, and popped popcorn into the pot. Stir into melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Once well mixed, shape into balls.

Candy Cane Popcorn Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 8 candy canes.

Directions:

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with the coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Unwrap the candy canes and place in a gallon baggie. Use a rolling pin to smash the candy canes into small pieces.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add the bag of mini marshmallows to the melted butter and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add the smashed candy canes and popped popcorn to the pot. Stir into melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Once well mixed, shape into balls.

Cinnamon Spice Popcorn Balls

These turned out to be one of my favorites! Adjust the amount of spices according to taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves

Directions:

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with the coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add the bag of mini marshmallows to the melted butter and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add the spices and popped popcorn to the pot. Stir into melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Once well mixed, shape into balls.

Oreo Popcorn Balls

These were my son’s favorite flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 16 Oreos

Directions:

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with the coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Place Oreos in a gallon baggie and crush with a rolling pin. Set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add the bag of mini marshmallows to the melted butter and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add the crushed Oreos and popped popcorn into the pot. Stir into melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Once well mixed, shape into balls.

Chocolate & Peanut Popcorn Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with the coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add the bag of mini marshmallows to the melted butter and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add the peanuts, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, and popped popcorn into the pot. Stir into melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Once well mixed, shape into balls.

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Directions:

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with the coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add brown sugar to melted butter.
  • Add the bag of mini marshmallows to the melted butter and sugar and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Add the popped popcorn to the pot. Stir into melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Once well mixed, shape into balls.

Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows (10 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Directions:

  • Pop the popcorn kernels with the coconut oil. Set aside.
  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add the bag of mini marshmallows to the melted butter and sugar and stir constantly until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in cocoa powder until well mixed.
  • Add the popped popcorn to the pot. Stir into melted marshmallow and butter mixture.
  • Once well mixed, shape into balls.

Which flavor is your favorite?
Anna

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  • Nagi@RecipeTinEats April 6, 2016, 7:15 pm
    Your timing couldn't be better Linda! I've got a kids party this weekend, I think I'm going to make these for it!!!! Nagi@RecipeTinEats recently posted...Kung Pao ChickenMy Profile
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy April 6, 2016, 9:00 pm
      Hi Nagi, Yay! Hope the kiddos enjoy them! It's fun having a variety of flavors. Maybe a taste testing/sampling party? lol Enjoy! Linda

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