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6 Ingredient Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

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6 Ingredient Marshmallow Popcorn Balls is a nostalgic salty-sweet treat that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. Made by melting marshmallows, butter, and vanilla on the stove and combining them with freshly popped popcorn, they offer a quick and easy way to satisfy your craving for a homemade snack everyone will love!



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



  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 the 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 it into a large bowl. Remove any unpopped kernels.

Marshmallow Filling

  1. In a large pot add 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, stirring to incorporate.

To assemble

  1. Immediately pour the marshmallow mixture over the popped popcorn.
  2. Stir the popcorn mixture until every popcorn kernel is evenly coated.
  3. 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 
  4. Place balls on a baking sheet and repeat until all the popcorn is used. Enjoy!


  • 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)! Shaping into balls makes it easier to serve if needed for a party or not to be eaten immediately. Both are great options!
  • Leftovers can be kept for up to 1 day but this is best enjoyed fresh. Store in an airtight container or ziptop bag.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 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
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