Popcorn balls are a fun recipe for kids and adults alike. They can be made especially for any season by using coloured jujubes or smarties to celebrate what season you are in. It’s a fun indoor activity you can make with kids on an indoor rainy and cold fall day. You can be as creative with the recipe as you like or just keep it  simple. Personally I think the more fun ingredients the better. I like the salty and sweet combination. I’ve tried other recipes that call for condensed milk and corn syrup but found that they end up too soggy and not chewy enough for my liking. So I’ve found the perfect recipe using marshmallows instead that not only tastes better, it’s actually easier to make as well.

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls Recipe

  • 20 Servings
  • Prep: 20 min. + cooling time


  • 4 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped jujubes
  • 1-1/2 cups  chopped salted nuts. Recommended peanuts, cashews or pecans.
  • 1 package (16 ounces) chocolate M&M’s or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 package (16 ounces) mini marshmallows


  • In a large bowl, combine the popcorn(with kernels picked out), nuts and M&M’s; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, oil and marshmallows; cook and stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture; mix well.
  • When cool enough to handle, shape into popcorn balls. Let stand at room temperature until firm before wrapping in plastic wrap or stacking. Makes: about 20 popcorn balls.

Here's a photo of how mine turned out. I probably should have waited to for the mixture to cool more before I added the mini m&m's because they melted a bit but I couldn't wait!

Like I mentioned you can be as creative as you want with the recipe. You can use candy corn instead of jujubes for Halloween balls, top them off with sprinkles, add cranberries or even add a touch of light blue or pink to the mixture for a baby shower. The possibilities are endless and kids will have fun picking out their own ingredients. It’s a great treat to bring to a class party as it’s a bigger recipe, just remember to keep out the peanuts if you are bring it to a school function. Happy baking!