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How to make popcorn snowballs

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, trav...

Bring winter to the kitchen

You don’t have to wait for a blizzard to make snowballs. Cook these up in your kitchen for a delicious treat your whole family will love!

making christmas popcorn balls


Popcorn snowballs are a lot like Rice Krispies treats, with a salty twist. The sweet, melted marshmallow combined with salty popcorn makes a dessert that's hard to resist. Mix up a big batch and wrap them individually to serve as party treats or save them just for your household to enjoy.

1POP YOUR POPCORN

Start off by popping your popcorn. Buy a 3-pack box of microwave popcorn bags and pop them all. This will yield about 15 cups of popped popcorn. If you'd rather pop your own, start off with about a 3/4 cup of kernels. If you choose a store-bought popcorn, select an unbuttered brand, however you may use a salted variety to get both the salty and sweet tastes in your finished product.

Once it's all popped, go through and pick out any unpopped kernels from the batch. This can be a meticulous process, but it'll save your teeth from biting down on a hard kernel.

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2GET GOOEY

Melt a 3/4 cup of butter in a large pot. Once it's melted, add a bag of marshmallows — any size will work. Melt the marshmallows on low. Once they've completely melted, add in the popcorn. Stir it all together until well blended. This can be a slow process since the marshmallow mixture is so sticky. Speed up the process by keeping the gooey mixture on the burner while you stir in the popcorn — the heat will prevent it from stiffening up before it's all mixed together.

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3DIG IN

This is the fun part, so get your kids in on the act for a great winter day activity. Smear your hands with butter to prevent the gooey popcorn from sticking to your fingers. Next, grab a handful of the popcorn mixture. Form it into a ball, then lay it on a sheet of wax paper to set.

4WRAP THEM UP

Once all the snowballs have set, you need to wrap them individually to keep them from sticking together. Use plastic wrap or store them each in sandwich bags — anything that forms a seal will work.

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Make these sweet treats even sweeter — add chocolate pieces or gummy candies to the mix before your form the snowballs.

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