Around the same time I contacted my Mom about making a slew of holiday cookies together, otherwise known as the Holiday Cookie Marathon, I asked my Dad if we could make popcorn balls together. Popcorn has always been a favorite of my family’s for years and what better way to enjoy it than to make popcorn balls.
A simple quick recipe found on the back of a marshmallow bag or with a quick Google search turns up a variety of recipes. Our recipe was written by my Dad years ago and includes (and I’m guessing measurements here) 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ginger and 1/8 tsp nutmeg along with 1/3 c. melted butter and 1 lb. marshmallows. You’ll need an old school popcorn popper like this one below, which we’ve had since I was a kid.
Being the professional popcorn ball makers that we are, we laid out a few sheets of wax paper over a flat workspace. I melted the butter and marshmallows in a non-stick pan while my dad poped the popcorn – about 1 cup. Make sure the popper is hot or else you’ll waste some kernels. Remove any unpopped kernels from the bottom of the bowl.
While the marshmallows were melting, I melted about 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave to later use on our hands while we formed the popcorn balls. Once the marshmallow yumminess had melted completely I stirred in the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. We poured the marshmallow mixture into the popcorn bowl and mixed until the popcorn was coated.
We dug our hands into the melted butter to coat or else the marshmallow would stick like something ferocious. Quickly form balls about 3-4 inches in diameter and place on wax paper to cool.
We placed the cooled popcorn balls in plastic bags or you could wrap in pieces of wax paper and twist ends in the opposite direction.
We tend to taste test the batches as we go to make sure everything is delicious for our friends and family. Hand popcorn balls out to neighbors in exchange for traditional holiday cookies or caramel corn. Yum!