large family food ideas snacks popcorn balls

This is a great, inexpensive large family food ideas for snacks…..a yearly tradition around our home.

 Popcorn balls



We usually plan a fall harvest party for our household every year.  We plan games and activities– just some good fun for the little ones.  My oldest daughters and I usually make some cute fall snacks.  Popcorn balls are always one of the things that we make.  They are super easy and taste great.

We usually double this recipe when having a large gathering.  This recipe makes about 16 balls.

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 pkg. (10-1/2 oz.) Marshmallows
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz.) gelatin, any flavor–we really enjoy strawberry
  • 3 qt. (12 cups) popped popcorn–make sure to not get any seeds into your bowl.

I usually scoop through the corn after having it popped, to ensure that we don’t have any unwanted seeds.  It is very bad to be biting down into a hard popcorn seed when you eat these.

So pop your popcorn, don’t worry about making over, we usually do and have a little less, sugar for our balls:)

In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt your butter


Place your marshmallows in the potImage00017

Let melt, continuously stir this so that it does not burnImage00018

When completely melted, add your package of gelatinImage00019

Stir until dissolved.  Then remove from heat and pour over your popped popcorn.Image00020

Gather up your ball makers….and let them get to work.  I haven’t met a child yet that doesn’t like making these, especially when they get to lick their fingers clean!Image00021

We found that having your hands slightly dampened, helps in preventing your hands from sticking to the popcornImage00022

You can wrap these up in plastic and twist them closed, or we just sat them on a plate and covered with plastic wrap.  They will last for a little while, if you need to make them before hand for a group something.Image00023



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