Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

I have tryed many recipes over the years for popcorn balls when my son was small, these *are* the best and easy to make, they remain soft and chewy --- they are perfect for a children's Halloween party or for the holidays, I usually get about 25-30 good-sized balls with this recipe :)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Line a large baking sheet/s with waxed paper.
  2. Place the popped popcorn into a large heat-proof bowl.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat combine the corn syrup, butter or margarine, cold water, 2-1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar and marshmallows; heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil; remove from heat then carefully pour the hot mixture in with the popped popcorn.
  4. Mix with a wooden spoon to combine, carefully coating each kernel.
  5. Grease your hands with vegetable shortening.
  6. Working as quickly as possible shape the coated popcorn mixture into balls.
  7. Make certain that the balls are completely cooled then wrap each ball with cellophane or plastic wrap and store at room temperature (use coloured wrap for the holidays).
  8. Place on a baking sheet.
Most Helpful

Sorry, these tasted like an overly sweet rice krispie treat - which isn't a bad thing, but isn't a popcorn ball in my mind. My son - who has never had any other popcorn ball thought they were great.

ronandteri November 01, 2009

Awesome recipe and very easy. Will definitely use again.

dana.casciato October 31, 2008

Kitten, my oldest Daughter wanted some popcorn balls for her grandson's school. Since I am retired I told her I could handle that job! Found this recipe! This recipe is also on another website. After checking dates, they must have copied yours! They are identical! However, I made them and they are fantastic! I used a large dishpan, buttered my hands and they were done! Thanks for another winner. This is a keeper and so easy!

Dj's Eagles September 17, 2008