Jello Popcorn Balls make a fun and delicious treat with just 4 ingredients. They are easy to make and taste great with flavored gelatin.

Jello popcorn balls in an assortment of colors.
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This recipe for Jello Popcorn is so fun and turns out great. The results are so bright and colorful. The taste is amazing. You might also like Jello Popcorn and Jello Cookies Recipe.

The marshmallows make each popcorn ball really ooey gooey. It is so yummy. The gelatin mix adds not only gorgeous color but a bunch of flavor. Learn how to make jello popcorn balls and jazz up plain popcorn.

What is a popcorn ball?

Popcorn Balls are a delightful mixture of simple ingredients that are formed into a ball. They are easy to make and fun to eat.

This treat originated in the 1950’s and was popular at Halloween for parties and trick or treaters. Popcorn Balls stood the test of time and everyone still loves these fun popcorn balls today.

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Ingredients in Jello popcorn balls.

Ingredients: 

  • Popcorn, Popped
  • Butter
  • Jello (any flavor) 
  • Miniature Marshmallows

How to make marshmallow popcorn balls with jello:

  • Step 1 – Prepare the popcorn. Pop the 12 cups popcorn. Remove all the un popped kernels in the popped popcorn.
  • Step 2 – Melt the butter and marshmallows. Place the butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted. 
  • Step 3 – Stir in the jello mixture. Add the jello mixture and stir together.
Process of combining the mixture.
  • Step 4 – Get out a large bowl. Place the popcorn in a large bowl and pour the marshmallow mixture on top and stir to coat the popcorn in the mixture. 
  • Step 5 – Form the popcorn balls. Oil your hands (or spray with a non-stick spray) and then shape the popcorn into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool.  
Process of forming balls.
  • Step 6 – Enjoy and serve. Once cooled, the popcorn balls are ready to serve and enjoy! 

How to store popcorn balls?

Place the popcorn balls inside an airtight container. You can also wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 5 days. 

Close up of popcorn ball.

How long will they last?

As long as the popcorn jello balls are stored properly, they will last up to 5 days.

Can you freeze marshmallow popcorn balls?

Yes, they can be frozen up to 3 months. If freezing, I suggest wrapping them individually in plastic wrap to ensure freshness. Then place them inside an airtight freezer bag or container.

When ready to serve, allow to come to room temperature at least 30 minutes.

Jello popcorn balls in an assortment of colors.

Why are my popcorn balls not sticking together?

Typically if this happens the result is marshmallows that were not fully melted. The mixture needs to be stirred until it is completely smooth and no lumps are in the mixture prior to adding the popcorn.

Another common issue is adding too much popcorn. It is important that you follow the directions precisely.

Jello popcorn balls in an assortment of colors.

Popcorn Balls Jello Recipe Tips:

  • Make sure to coat your hands in non stick spray to make forming the balls less messy. The mixture is very sticky so this is an important step.
  • You can use a measuring cup if you want to make sure all of the popcorn balls are uniform. I would use a 1 cup size.
  • Coordinate the colors of the popcorn balls to holidays and other occasions. It would be fun to do red and green for Christmas, Orange for Halloween and more.
Jello popcorn balls in an assortment of colors.

This is such a fun recipe.

We love to make popcorn balls for any occasion and think you will too. They are inexpensive to make, easy and really tasty.

The ingredients are very simple but it all comes together for a decadent treat. You might also want to try making these for gifts to hand out. They are so easy to wrap in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon.

This is definitely a kid favorite treat and adults will love them too. You will make this again and again!

Jello popcorn balls in an assortment of colors.

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Jello Popcorn Balls

4.80 from 5 votes
Jello Popcorn Balls make a fun and delicious treat with just 4 ingredients. They are easy to make and taste great with flavored gelatin.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 179

Ingredients

  • 12 cups Popcorn Popped
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 3 oz Jello any flavor
  • 10 oz Miniature Marshmallows
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Instructions

  • Pop the popcorn and remove all the unpeopled kernels.
  • Place the butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl.  Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted.
  • Stir in the jello mixture.
  • Place the popcorn in a large bowl and pour the marshmallow mixture on top and stir to coat the popcorn in the mixture. 
  • Oil your hands (or spray with a non-stick spray) and then shape the popcorn into balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool.  
  • Once cooled, the popcorn balls are ready to serve and enjoy! 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 179kcal, Carbohydrates 34g, Protein 2g, Fat 4g, Saturated Fat 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0.2g, Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 83mg, Potassium 39mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 20g, Vitamin A 140IU, Calcium 3mg, Iron 0.4mg

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