These are very easy popcorn balls to make. The marshmallows make them similar to crispy rice cereal bars that are so popular. Made with marshmallows, these are sweet, crispy, and chewy. Everyone's favorite combination!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Set aside.

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  • Add vegetable oil to a 4 quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When oil is hot, add popping corn. Keep pan moving constantly. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. Put popcorn in prepared pan.

  • Melt butter In a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix with spoon to coat evenly.

  • Let mixture cool slightly. Smear butter on your hands or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Mix popcorn with your hands so that it is evenly coated.

  • Form popcorn into 8 balls.

Nutrition Facts

237.2 calories; 2.2 g protein; 34.7 g carbohydrates; 22.9 mg cholesterol; 86.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2006
These were FANTASTICALLY EASY!! I'm the Queen of Short Cuts so here's my take- I made them according to the directions, but added about 1/4 t. of Mexican vanilla to the Marshmallows while melting in the butter. (QUICK NOTE* 1/2 CU OF UNPOPPED POPCORN = about 4 QTS POPPED CORN). I had to use microwave popcorn, and that little fact was not printed out on the bags. I used LITE BUTTER FLAVOR. PICK OUT THE UNPOPPED KERNELS NEXT! I poured the popped popcorn into a large lightly sprayed (with Pam) pot to mix with the melted marshmallow mixutre. MUCHO EASIER to stir together in a deep pot then in the cake pan with low sides! After mixing well I dumped that into a lightly Pam sprayed 13x9 cake pan. I laid a sheet of wax paper over the pan, and gently tapped the mixture out (but not too tight or it squishes the fluff out of it). I squished a Hershey's Kiss into the center of a few to see how it held. It stuck well, and looked great. Then, I cooled it for about 30 min, and cut into 25 squares so instead of 8 whompin' sized popcorn balls it produced enough to feed at least 20 hungry goblins..lol. I've since added M&Ms to them when stirring it all up,and they were also inhaled! Yes, I dirtied a second pan, but it was far easier to wash the second pot then try to stir that huge mixture in such a small pan with 2" sides. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2011
This recipe was very easy and quick. But the taste was sort of bland. I used no butter microwave popcorn. My young child liked it in bits and pieces. Next time I would add more butter and salt. Read More
(5)
214 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 154
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2006
These were FANTASTICALLY EASY!! I'm the Queen of Short Cuts so here's my take- I made them according to the directions, but added about 1/4 t. of Mexican vanilla to the Marshmallows while melting in the butter. (QUICK NOTE* 1/2 CU OF UNPOPPED POPCORN = about 4 QTS POPPED CORN). I had to use microwave popcorn, and that little fact was not printed out on the bags. I used LITE BUTTER FLAVOR. PICK OUT THE UNPOPPED KERNELS NEXT! I poured the popped popcorn into a large lightly sprayed (with Pam) pot to mix with the melted marshmallow mixutre. MUCHO EASIER to stir together in a deep pot then in the cake pan with low sides! After mixing well I dumped that into a lightly Pam sprayed 13x9 cake pan. I laid a sheet of wax paper over the pan, and gently tapped the mixture out (but not too tight or it squishes the fluff out of it). I squished a Hershey's Kiss into the center of a few to see how it held. It stuck well, and looked great. Then, I cooled it for about 30 min, and cut into 25 squares so instead of 8 whompin' sized popcorn balls it produced enough to feed at least 20 hungry goblins..lol. I've since added M&Ms to them when stirring it all up,and they were also inhaled! Yes, I dirtied a second pan, but it was far easier to wash the second pot then try to stir that huge mixture in such a small pan with 2" sides. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2004
This may seem weird, but add a small box of flavored jello to the marshmallow mix. My mother used to make them that way when I was a kid. I loved loved loved them. You can also add 1/2 cup brown sugar to the marshmallow and butter mix. That way it tastes a bit like caramel popcorn. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2006
My family made this all of the time growing up. For a little more of a chewey caramel flavor, we would melt together 2 cubes of butter and 2 cups of brown sugar to an almost carmelized point before adding in 2 cups of marshmallows and the popcorn (more or less depending on how gooey you like it) We also would add red hots, spice drops, candy canes, nuts, tiny jelly beans, etc, depending on the season and give them as quick gifts. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2006
These are soooo yummy and way easier than traditional popcorn balls. It's even easier if you use microwave popcorn - I used 2 bags of Kettle Corn which made them nice and sweet. My classmates loved them! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2007
If you like more caramel taste... I used 4 cups marsh. 1 cup caramel bits 1 teas. vanilla and these are more caramel less rice krispie like. Very good. They set up perfect. I have made these both ways and both are very good it just depends on taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2003
I didn't have time to make this recipe into balls so I just pressed it down into the pan and cut it into squares! I also added salted peanuts to it which my kids (and husband) loved!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2003
I originally was looking for a simple popcorn coating for a quick midnight snack but I came across this recipe and since I had the marshmallows on hand I thought "why not?" I'm glad that I did. This was very simple to make (took less than 3 minutes!) and the results are fantastic. I deviated a bit from the normal instructions and used an air popper (much more healthy IMHO). I also decreased the marshmallows a bit - if I had made this using the standard recipe the balls would have turned out way too sweet for my indvidual taste. The kids will probably enjoy this as well (I have no children so I can't say for sure...). Thanks for sharing Kory. Everyone should give this a try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2007
I make this with Reeces Pieces and form it in a bundt pan. The kids love popcorn cake! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2003
These were so easy to make! My 4 yr. old helped me and we added some orange coloring and chocolate sprinkles for Halloween. I used a bag of microwave popcorn and it seemed like there was too much marshmellow mix. Next time it will cut back on that. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2011
This recipe was very easy and quick. But the taste was sort of bland. I used no butter microwave popcorn. My young child liked it in bits and pieces. Next time I would add more butter and salt. Read More
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