Holiday Gift Idea: Popcorn Balls

Homemade Popcorn Balls
 I just finished making 160 popcorn balls to give away to neighbors and friends.  I dyed some red and some green and then wrapped them in pink or green plastic wrap.  I thought these would be a pretty economical thing to make this year as my only expense was butter.  All of the other ingredients were pantry items.
Homemade Popcorn BallsWhen it’s not Christmas, I leave the popcorn balls plain.  They are fun snacks or gifts for neighbors and friends.  I like the fact that they go together in a snap and I don’t have to use a candy thermometer!!
Holiday Gift Idea: Popcorn Balls
Serves: 40
  • 8 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups butter (1 pound)
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2⅔ cups sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • food color, if desired
  1. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter.
  2. Add the sugar and corn syrup.
  3. Stir constantly until it boils and then continue for 3 minutes more.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and coloring, if desired.
  5. In a huge bowl, combine the popped corn and the marshmallows.
  6. Pour the hot butter mixture over the popcorn and stir until completely covered.
  7. Let sit about 5-10 minutes.
  8. Butter you hands and form into balls.
  9. Place the popcorn balls onto waxed paper lined baking sheets.
  10. Wrap with plastic wrap.

Popcorn Balls make great gifts!



9 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Idea: Popcorn Balls

  1. >a great idea… i live in a neighborhood with lots of children.. these would be a fun gift for families around me that i just want to say, "happy holidays" to…

    Thanks, great post

  2. >These sound wonderful. I have never made many popcorn balls, but they look like fun. LOL while I was waiting for the page to load it looked like the popcorn balls themselves were green – love the green saran!

  3. >What a fun christmas treat!!!

    Just wanted to let you know I am hosting a Holiday Treats week this week and will be posting a new recipe everyday, hope you stop by to check it out and maybe link up some of your holiday treats like these.

  4. >Man, I LOVE popcorn balls…just reading the list of ingredients makes my mouth water! :) Your friends and neighbors will love them!! Great idea.

    Merry Christmas!?

  5. >Thanks so much for linking this up to Monday Munchies! I love these and they make a perfect economical gift when you have to find a way to give to lots and lots of people!

    This year I did little bags of popcorn with pretzels and peanuts drizzled with chocolate – it went over extremely well and I have to admit, it was delicious (and super easy)!

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