Jello Popcorn Balls

"My dad's aunt would make these for Christmas every year for him and mail it's my job! If you over cook they will be hard as a rock so be careful."
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Ready In:
1 batch


  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package Jello gelatin (you can use any , we do it by color and season)
  • 10 cups popped popcorn


  • Mix all ingredients except popcorn in a heavy sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil and cook just till jello and sugar are dissolved.
  • Pour over popcorn and mix well and fast.
  • Wet your hands under cold water, shake it off don't dry it and work quickly forming popcorn balls.
  • As you make them , wrap them in squares of wax paper.
  • Re-wet your hands in between forming.
  • The amount you get will depend on how big you make them -- cook time is left blank because it will vary.

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  1. Codychop
    I completely "Frankensteined" this recipe, as I didn't have enough corn syrup and used some marshmallows...also I only had SF jello...and not quite enough popcorn! So I eyeballed everything and they still came out great!
  2. Debs Recipes
    Yummy popcorn balls that are quick, easy, and fun to make! I must confess that I've been making these since age twelve. And they can be made from any flavor of jello that appeals to you. A favorite is lime! Note: My recipe also calls for a full cup of sugar.
  3. Becky B.
    So happy to find this recipe online. It's been a while since I've made them. The last time was due to a kids science project over which microwave popcorn left the least kernals, so lots of popcorn to spare! We started making these and the kids at my daughters school were clammoring for them!! I wasn't even sure they'd be edible with that popcorn but I was wrong!
  4. pitbullmommy
    I have never had these before and wasn't that impressed with the finished product but I can see them really fun for kids to put together. It was really easy to do and the clean up wasn't bad at all. I was expecting the jello syrup to be hard to get off but it wasn't at all.
  5. TirZa
    Quick to mix up, kids had fun making the balls.... We made it with WIld Berry--- not bad flavor. I can't wait to try Cherry :) Thanks for sharing.



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