Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

A gooeyness of caramel and melted marshmallows all intertwined with popcorn… then rolled up in to a ball of absolute decadence! 

Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn Balls @ SimplyGloria.com #popcornThese are also known as “Sticky Popcorn”.  This is what my sister and I called it, growing up.  It was always a special treat when we were younger.  Now, my boys think it’s a special treat when I make it.

Each piece of the popped popcorn is covered inside and out with the creamy, caramel-y, marshmallow-y and sticky mixture.  It stays sticky.  It doesn’t get hard like some caramel popcorn.  Just saying.

Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn Balls by SimplyGloria.com

As you probably know by now, I don’t really use candy thermometers.

I like it simple.

So, with this recipe… no candy thermometer.

These Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn Balls are simple!

Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn Balls SimplyGloria.com Super soft, ooey and gooey delicious!

Have your popcorn already popped and off to the side in a large bowl.  The largest bowl you have.

Place a large heavy duty sauce pan on medium high heat.  Bring the granulated sugar, brown sugar, light corn syrup, water, cream of tartar, and butter to a boil.  Whisk the mixture the whole time.  With all the sugars going on in this, you don’t want it to burn.

After it has boiled for about 4 minutes, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda.  You will then see the boiling action rising!  Turn off burner and take the pan off the heat.  Stir in the marshmallow until they have all melted.

Pour over the entire bowl of popcorn and stir.  Allow it to cool for a bit to where you can start forming into balls.

Tip:  When forming the sticky popcorn into balls, spray hands with non cooking spray.  Or rub butter all over your hands like lotion!  It help form it into a tight ball rather than all over your hands.

Ta-da!

Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn Balls @ SimplyGloria.com Super soft, ooey and gooey delicious!

You could even skip the ball action and eat it straight out of the bowl!

Enjoy, my friends!

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Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn Balls
A gooeyness of caramel and melted marshmallows all intertwined with popcorn… then rolled up in to a ball of absolute decadence!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup granulate sugar
  2. 1 cup light brown sugar
  3. 1 cup light corn syrup
  4. 1/2 cup water
  5. 1/2 teaspoon tartar
  6. 1/2 cup butter
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 4 cups mini marshmallows
  9. 13-14 cups popped popcorn
Instructions
  1. Fill a large bowl with all of the popped popcorn and set off to the side.
  2. Place a large heavy duty sauce pan on medium high heat. Whisk the granulated sugar, brown sugar, light corn syrup, water, cream of tartar, and butter and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 4 minutes and add baking soda. Take off heat and stir in the marshmallows until melted through the mixture.
  4. Pour over the bowl of popped popcorn and stir until all coated.
  5. Allow to cool before forming into balls. (Or you could skip forming and eat straight out of bowl.)
  6. Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.
  7. Makes about 12 popcorn balls.
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    • says

      Pamela, I even make these as a treat when I take all my nieces and nephews out to the movies…yes, I’m THAT kind of Aunt that sneaks in the goodies for all of the kiddos! Years ago, I made my oldest son stand clear far away so the clerk couldn’t smell the hot pizza that was in the backpack while I was buying the tix! (=

  1. says

    These popcorn balls are so cute and festive too. I love how they don’t get hard (so glad you mentioned that). 🙂 Awesome tip too. I do the same when I make rice krispie treats. Um…I might eat them right out of the bowl. Don’t judge me. 😉
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  2. says

    Oh my goodness, I love how adorable and fun these popcorn balls are! I can see why they have such a special place in your heart and you now make it for your sons 🙂 We LOVE all popcorn snacks and this would sure turn into a family favorite too! I love how the festive straws and bows, hope you had a great Halloween 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing Gloria, pinned and have a great weekend!
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    • says

      You’d love these, Shannon! I’m actually thinking of maybe putting the Christmas festiveness on these and give them away to some of my neighbors during the holidays. (=

    • says

      I think either the candy thermometers intimidate me…or they are just a hassle. Maybe it’s the fact that by not having to use one…it leaves a little wiggle room so there’s no having to throw it all away if I mess up! Thanks, Danelle!

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