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Easy Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

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Easy Marshmallow Popcorn Balls are an irresistible and simple way to celebrate Jolly Time’s 100th anniversary! So let’s have a party!

Easy Marshmallow Popcorn Balls in white ramekins with birthday candles

Easy Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

When I was growing up, we didn’t fiddle with candy thermometers when it came to making sweets. My mom wasn’t one to mess with homemade toffee or divinity. But she had no trouble letting us melt marshmallows and butter to make Rice Krispie treats or these irresistible, super easy marshmallow popcorn balls.

Popcorn balls could be made with a hot sugar syrup, which would harden to the proper consistency if cooked to the ideal candy temperature whether that was hard crack, soft crack or some other crack. We’d rather get it right the first time, so the easy route it was.

Easy Marshmallow Popcorn Balls with lit birthday candles


Celebrating 100 Years of Popcorn!

When Jolly Time sent me a box of their “Kinda Sweet, Kinda Salty” microwave Kettle Mania popcorn, all I could think of were those sweet, chewy popcorn balls of my childhood. So I quickly melted some marshmallows and butter in the microwave, which wasn’t an option when I was a teen (yikes, I’m OLD).

In a matter of minutes, I had popped two bags of popcorn and was tossing and coating the kernels in marshmallow goodness. I shaped the balls with buttered hands and dipped them in sprinkles. It was for a celebration after all. Did you know that it’s Jolly Time’s 100th anniversary? So get with the program, everyone, and pop up a batch of corn.

Whether sweet or salty or both, please enjoy a treat that’s been around for more than a century! And if you’re so inclined a batch of these festive popcorn balls is also a wonderful way to celebrate!

Easy Marshmallow Popcorn Balls with sprinkles and box of microwave popcorn

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Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

A simple popcorn treat that's great for all ages!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 12


  • 10 cups popcorn (2 bags Jolly Time microwave popcorn, popped)
  • 30 large marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Sprinkles, to decorate, optional


  1. Pop popcorn according to instructions on bag. Pour popped corn into a large bowl, removing any unpopped kernels.
  2. In another large microwave safe bowl, melt marshmallows and butter by heating for 30 second increments, stopping and stirring till melted. Stir till butter mixes with marshmallows. Add vanilla and mix. Add popcorn and gently stir till all the popcorn is well coated.
  3. With buttered hands, press popcorn into well packed balls. Dip in sprinkles if desired and press gently till sprinkles adhere.


Yield: varies depending on size of popcorn balls

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 popcorn ball

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 88mg Carbohydrates: 19g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g

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28 comments on “Easy Marshmallow Popcorn Balls”

  1. Sooo colorful and cute, Liz! Pinning!….I try not to think about things like the absence of microwaves and mobile phones =)

  2. Cute and colorful! Happy B-Day to my all time favorite snack:@)

  3. 100 years of popcorn?!!! woot woot!! and LOVE these marshmallow popcorn balls!!! what a great way to sweeten up popcorn and make it fun to eat!! love this, Liz!!

  4. I’m passing this on to my daughterโ€ฆthis is a great idea for a birthday party!

  5. These marshmallow popcorn balls are totally adorable, Lizzy! My mom was never into the baking or candy making, either, but I could always count on having marshmallow krispy bars. Making them with popcorn is a brilliant idea!

  6. Easy and adorable! I love these popcorn balls and I can see adding different color of sprinkles for many other occassions!

  7. These are so fun and festive, I’d love to make these and surprise a sweet 6 year old I know – she’d be over the moon!

  8. Like this Liz ! Popcorn + marshmallows = hapiness ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Oh my goodness! I love these and my kids are going to lose their minds. Have to make these ASAP!!

  10. And sprinkles too!! These are perfect and I love the birthday idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. What a clever idea, these are adorable!

  12. They are so cute, Liz! They look like popcorn cupcakes… I love the idea!

  13. Oh I LOVE these! They look fantastic!!!

  14. When I was young enough to trick or treat, my favorite stop was the neighbor who passed out popcorn balls. Yes for a jolly time!

  15. They’re so cute! Like little cloud balls ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have never heard of popcorn balls before :O They sound amazing though- and so easy too!

  16. Yay, to 100 years of Jolly Time! Love these popcorn balls, Liz, they’re so fun and super adorable!

  17. cool idea, my kids would love this! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  18. I love these! I actually just made popcorn balls for Halloween – that sweet and salty combo is divine! I love all those sprinkles!!

  19. Hi Liz,
    I knew 2014 was Jolly Time’s anniversary, I just didn’t know when. It makes so much sense to celebrate during Popcorn Poppin’ Month! Now, why didn’t I think of that, lol…I have a Jolly Time cookbook around here somewhere but I am sure these delicious popped balls are not in it! So festive, squishy and oh so yummy, I’m sure!

    Thanks for the heads up Liz and of course for sharing…

  20. These look yummy! Jolly Time is the only microwave popcorn, with a rich buttery taste, I have found, that does not use artificial color (yellow # 6). Great treat for my boys, but we have to skip the sprinkles…I know, so boring!

  21. I have recently become a popcorn addict! These are so cute! I need to make them.

  22. 100 years and they don’t look a day over 30!

  23. well I’m gonna try this recipe, easily! ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a fun one! ๐Ÿ™‚ they look so festive!

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