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Popcorn Balls on a Stick


Popcorn Balls on a Stick

Popcorn Balls on a Stick

Linda Vandermeer and Terri Vandermeer
Recipe from Sweets on a Stick: Adams Media, 2012. Reprinted with permission.

These popcorn balls are sweet and crunchy, the perfect marriage of salty and savory. They make a terrific snack or movie-watching treat (I like to serve them at sleepovers and kids birthday parties). For variety, try adding 3/4 cup of candy, such as M&Ms or Reese's pieces to the popcorn mix.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 12 servings


  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp. water
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 10 cups popcorn
  • 1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • vegetable shortening, so you can work easily with the popcorn balls
  • 12 lollipop sticks


  1. Line a tray or baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Place marshmallows, water, butter and corn syrup in a large microwave-safe bowl, and heat on high for 1 minute. Remove, and stir. Return to the microwave to cook for 1 minute more. Stir until the marshmallows are dissolved. (Note: microwave oven temperatures vary. It may take more than 2 minutes for the marshmallows to melt or less.)

  3. Mix in the popcorn and powdered sugar until completely combined.

  4. Cover your hands generously with vegetable shortening. Take handfuls of the popcorn mixture, and form them into a ball shape. Continue until all of the mixture is used. This should make approximately 12 balls.

  5. Place a lollipop stick into each ball. Cover your hands well with vegetable shortening again, and scrunch the balls as tight as you can around the lollipop stick.

  6. Leave the popcorn balls on the parchment-lined tray to set.

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