Best Easy Popcorn Balls Recipe {VIDEO}

Popcorn Balls are the quintessential fall or Halloween treat. This is a fun treat to make with kids! Whether you add candy to the popcorn balls or not, they are a gooey, delicious snack!

Best Easy Popcorn Balls

I have such fond memories of experiencing Halloween as a kid. There is something so special about enjoying holidays as a child. And I find it crazy how the little things that I enjoyed thirty years ago still give me butterflies. Like popcorn balls! Every time I see a popcorn ball, I think of those Halloweens where my mother would make me the most elaborate costumes and where trick-or-treating was safe and tons of fun and where I would load up on candy and devour it until cavities formed before my eyes.

Popcorn balls are the best fall or Halloween snack because they are ooey-gooey, they are easy to make and you can involve the kiddos in the process! While you’re at it, throw in some of that extra Halloween candy that is hanging out in your kitchen. Why not?!

Best Easy Popcorn Balls

How do you make easy popcorn balls?

Popcorn balls are SO EASY to make and that’s part of the reason I love them so much. Bring all of the ingredients in the recipe card below to a boil, add it (carefully) to the popcorn and that’s it! They’re ready to be formed into delicious, gooey balls.

How do you make popcorn balls with microwave popcorn?

You can either pop the popcorn on the stove or in the microwave, but whichever route you go be sure the popcorn is unflavored and unbuttered.

Popcorn balls are not the only Halloween treats I love! There are so many goodies to make and eat and share this time of year, like: Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies, Halloween Snack Mix and Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples.

Best Easy Popcorn Balls

This is such a super simple, delicious recipe,and your kids will remember eating these Halloween treats when they are a hundred years old!

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Oct 27, 2010

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Serves: 8-12

Total time: 25 min



  • 12 cups plain popped popcorn (1/3 cup unpopped)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • 2 cups candy pieces (optional)
  1. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the corn syrup, butter, confectioners’ sugar and marshmallows. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Carefully combine the hot mixture with the popcorn, coating each kernel. Stir in candy pieces, if desired.
  3. Grease hands with shortening and quickly shape the coated popcorn into balls before the mixture cools. Wrap with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.