How to make popcorn balls
Making and decorating popcorn balls is a fun way to get kids involved in the kitchen. Whether you use your favorite recipe or try ours, you're sure to have a blast creating these crunchy treats.
Marshmallow popcorn balls
- 10 cups natural popcorn, popped
- 2 bags mini-marshmallows (8 ounces each)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Food coloring (optional)
- In a saucepan, heat the mini-marshmallows, unsalted butter, vanilla extract and sugar until blended, stirring constantly. (To make colored balls, add two or three drops of food coloring.) Bring to a boil for 60 seconds. Remove from heat, but don't let it cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, pour the mixture over the popcorn and fold carefully using a spatula until well coated.
- When it's cool enough to touch, let the kids shape the mixture into balls using their hands. Place the balls on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
- Let the balls cool before decorating.
- Make edible glue by whisking together equal amounts of water and meringue powder (available at craft, baking supply and grocery stores). Set out an assortment of candies (red-hots, licorice or red whips, chocolate chips, edible glitter etc.) and let your kids use their imaginations. They can make silly faces or go with a holiday or movie theme.
- For Halloween, make popcorn ball spiders using black licorice for the legs and round candies for the eyes.
- Make clowns using sugar cones decorated with colorful candies for hats.
- Make popcorn balls into gifts for their friends by placing the creations in plastic sandwich bags and tying them off with bows.