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Birthday Marshmallow Popcorn Balls on a baking sheet with a blue background

Birthday Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

  • Author: Heather
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Birthday Marshmallow Popcorn Balls are sweet and salty and so addicting! They are so easy to make and they will be a crowd favorite!



Marshmallow Filling

  • 1 bag (10 ounces) Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla


  • 1 -2 Tablespoons Oil (coconut or canola)
  • 1-2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Unpopped Popcorn Kernels


  • Rainbow Nonparcel Sprinkles



  1. In a Whirlypop or large pot with a lid, pour in oil, salt, and popcorn kernels.
  2. Place on stove over high heat, constantly shaking the pot.
  3. After 2-3 minutes you will begin to hear the kernels pop, continue to shake the pot so kernels do not burn.
  4. Popcorn is finished once there are a couple seconds in between each pop and the pot is filled. Take off the burner and pour into a large bowl.

Marshmallow Filling

  1. In a large pot add in butter and marshmallows and place over medium heat.
  2. Stir occasionally as the butter and marshmallows melt.
  3. After 7-10 minutes the marshmallows should be completely melted and incorporated into the butter. Whip vigorously with a wooden spoon to get rid of any remaining clumps.
  4. Once completely smooth remove from heat and add in vanilla, stiring to incorporate.

To assemble

  1. Immediately pour marshmallow mixture over popped popcorn.
  2. Add in about 1/2 - 3/4 of a small bottle of nonpareil sprinkles immediately.
  3. Stir the popcorn mixture until every popcorn kernel is evenly coated.
  4. Spray hands with some cooking spray to prevent sticking and pack one big handful of popcorn together in the shape of a ball. Think like you are making and packing together a big snowball (see the video for reference).
  5. Place balls on a baking sheet and sprinkle with more sprinkles on top. Enjoy!


  • This recipe post is dedicated to my brother and his birthday...Happy Birthday, Matt! This is one of his all-time most favorite treats in the world!
  • Popcorn does not have to be made into balls. It can be served warm straight from the bowl (my brother's favorite way to eat, with a big wooden spoon and all 🙂 ).
  • Leftovers can be kept for up to 1 - 2 days, but best enjoyed fresh. Store in an airtight container.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 112
  • Sugar: 4.8 g
  • Sodium: 201 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 10.2 mg

Keywords: Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

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