Halloween Popcorn Balls

12 servings
20 min

All treat and no tricks, Halloween Popcorn Balls are perfect for kids of all ages. Adorn them with sprinkles or spooky decorations and these marshmallow popcorn balls will be the hit of your party.


I saw a bumper sticker on Friday that said “Warning: I make bad decisions” and if there was ever a sentence that summed up my life that is it. Not to mention I saw it while I was riding a motorcycle at night. On wet roads. Without a helmet. That makes me wonder if I have a subconscious death wish so today I filled out the paperwork to preplan my own funeral. Which leads me to bad decision number two in the past three days: I requested a stereo system and a memory foam mattress in my casket.


The stereo is brilliant but the mattress is a big mistake. When people visit my grave, they’re going to hear the muffled sounds of Mötley Crüe coming from 6 feet under. I’ll be rocking but I won’t be rolling–not with a memory foam mattress anyway. My skeleton needs a spring mattress that will bounce when I’m headbanging my way though the afterlife. Since there’s no time to waste, next weekend I’m visiting a funeral home then napping in the caskets to see which is comfiest.


It’ll be a hoot since next weekend is Halloween and I am dressing up like Dracula.

Before I test caskets in a Prince of Darkeness costume, I’ll need to butter up the funeral director with some Halloween Popcorn Balls. Trust me, bribes don’t get any better: they’re cheap, they’re easy and ooey gooey good for sinking your fangs into. Whether your enjoy a batch in your home or a funeral home, Halloween Popcorn Balls are a scary good treat.

Before sharing the recipe for Halloween Popcorn Balls, here are a few tips and tricks to help you out:


Ingredient Tips and Tricks

If you prefer to use microwave popcorn then be sure to use plain and not butter-flavored.


Preparation Tips and Tricks

Discard any unpopped kernels before mixing popcorn with the marshmallow mixture.


Coat your hands with nonstick cooking spray before forming popcorn balls to minimize stickiness.


How to Store Halloween Popcorn Balls

Tightly wrap popcorn balls with plastic wrap then store at room temperature up to 3 days.


Can you Freeze Popcorn Balls?

Yes, popcorn balls can be frozen. Wrap popcorn balls tightly in plastic wrap then place in an airtight container and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature before enjoying.

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Halloween Popcorn Balls. Please leave a comment and rating at the bottom of this blog when you try it for yourself. And, while you’re at it, sign up for my Recipe Newsletter so you never miss a tempting recipe.


Finally, if you like no-bake Halloween treats then check out my 5 minute recipe for White Chocolate Halloween Oreo Bark. With a double layer of creamy white chocolate, holiday-themed Oreos, M&M’s, candy corn and sprinkles this bark is quintessential Halloween.

Recipe details

  • 12  servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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Ingredients


  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 5 Tbsps unsalted butter
  • 5 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Candy eyeballs

Instructions


Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Set aside.
Add oil and popcorn kernels in an even layer to a 4-quart saucepan with a heavy bottom.
Cover pan with a lid left slightly ajar and place over medium heat.
Popcorn will pop after a few minutes. When popping slows to a few seconds between pops, remove pan from heat and transfer popcorn to a large bowl.
Using a spoon so you don't burn your fingers, remove and discard any unpopped kernels. Set aside.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
Add mini marshmallows and sugar, stirring constantly until completely melted.
Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn then stir until evenly coated.
Coat hands with nonstick cooking spray then, working quickly while the melted marshmallows are still warm, form popcorn into baseball-sized balls.
Roll popcorn balls in Halloween sprinkles then add candy eyeballs.
Place popcorn balls on your baking sheet until cooled and set then enjoy.
Cover leftovers tightly with plastic wrap and store at room temperature up to 3 days.

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