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Popcorn Snowballs Recipe

Sweet, crunchy and gooey popcorn snowballs are a delicious snack and make great party favors or holiday treats!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Cool30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Life Made Simple Team


  • 3 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 5 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • sprinkles or peanuts optional


  • Place a heavy bottom dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil and popcorn and stir the kernels so that they are evenly coated. When the oil becomes hot and sizzles, add the sugar. Shake the pot or pan until the first few kernels pop. Place the lid on top and continue gently shaking back and forth while the remaining kernels pop. Once the popcorn stops, remove from heat and place into a large mixing bowl to cool.
  • Next, in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and marshmallows. Stir continuously until the marshmallows are melted. Remove from heat and add the salt and vanilla extract.
  • Pour over the popcorn and coat evenly. Add M&Ms, sprinkles or nuts.
  • Cover your hands with a light layer of butter or coconut oil. Form the popcorn mixture into 3" balls. Set them on a piece of wax (or parchment) paper to cool completely, about 30 minutes.


Substitute butter for coconut oil (and omit chocolate candies) to make this recipe dairy-free.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg