Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Add a pop of color to your snack table with these colorful Marshmallow Popcorn Balls! We’ll use fruit gelatin and marshmallows to coat popcorn, creating fruity flavored popcorn balls that kids and adults alike will love.

colorful marshmallow popcorn balls stacked in a low white bowl.

Now this is a seriously FUN recipe! Marshmallow Popcorn Balls with Jell-O are a fruity twist on a classic popcorn ball.

Both my kids and my husband went wild for these. The colors are vibrant. They’re big on fruit flavor. They’re sweet and crunchy and sticky. What’s not to love?!

Traditional popcorn balls use corn syrup, which binds the popcorn together and makes them sweet. For this recipe, we’ll use mini marshmallows instead. The marshmallows act like glue to keep the popcorn balls together, and the fruit-flavored gelatin adds both the color and the flavor.

I love how customizable these are. You can make them for holidays, for football/basketball watching events, for graduations, for birthdays—whatever colors you need, you can find a fruity flavored gelatin for it.

And best of all, this marshmallow popcorn ball recipe is easy! It’s just like making Rice Krispie treats, and it’s a fun project for kids to get involved with the rolling. In my opinion, it would be best for slightly older kids, as the marshmallow mixture is still a little warm from cooking.

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rows of colorful marshmallow popcorn balls on a metal sheet pan.

From left to right, I used: strawberry gelatin, orange gelatin, lime gelatin, blue raspberry gelatin

Tips for making marshmallow popcorn balls

  • You’ll need to work relatively quickly to form the popcorn into balls after it is coated with the marshmallow mixture. You don’t need to rush but don’t go answering the phone while making these, either!
  • Grease your hands to prevent the marshmallow mixture from sticking to your hands. You can either use a little butter or oil, or spray them lightly with cooking spray (I used cooking spray).
  • One recipe makes 10–15 popcorn balls, depending on how big you roll them. You can split the marshmallow mixture in half if you want multiple colors from one batch.

Ingredients

popcorn, marshmallows, jello, and butter on a white marble countertop.
  • You can either pop your own popcorn or purchase pre-popped popcorn. I like the Valley Pop brand because the popcorn is a little smaller, so it’s easier to roll into balls. Skinny Pop is good, too. Salted or unsalted is just fine.
  • A bag of mini marshmallows gets melted with some butter to create a sticky-sweet coating that holds the popcorn together into balls.
  • Fruit-flavored gelatin (Jell-O brand or store brand) add both color and fruit flavor to the popcorn balls.

How to make marshmallow popcorn balls with Jell-O

Melt the butter in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Add the marshmallows, and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the marshmallows are just melted.

melted marshmallows in a saucepan with a yellow spatula.

Take the pan off the heat, and whisk in one small box (3 oz, or 4 servings) of fruit-flavored gelatin. I used strawberry here.

red marshmallow mixture in a saucepan with a yellow spatula.

Pour the mixture over 12 cups of popped popcorn. Fold the mixture gently with a spatula to coat the popcorn.

red coated popcorn.

Since the mixture will be quite sticky, you’ll need to grease your hands to form the popcorn into balls.

I sprayed one hand with cooking spray, then rubbed my hands together to coat them both. You could also use a little softened butter or vegetable oil.

Roll the popcorn mixture into balls roughly 3 inches in diameter. You’ll need to work fairly quickly as the marshmallow mixture will harden.

Place the balls on a silicone mat, parchment paper, or wax paper to cool completely.

red marshmallow popcorn balls on a silicone mat.

Can I make marshmallow popcorn balls ahead of time?

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls are best enjoyed the same day that they are made.

Store any leftovers in a tightly covered dish. They will likely be ok the next day, but after that they become mushy/chewy.

a pile of red, green, orange, and blue popcorn balls in a white dish.

Variations

You can use any fruit-flavored gelatin that you like for this recipe! Here are a few ideas for holidays and celebrations:

  • Strawberry and lime gelatin for Christmas popcorn balls
  • Orange and black cherry gelatin for Halloween popcorn balls
  • Strawberry or cherry gelatin for Valentine’s Day popcorn balls
  • Strawberry and blue raspberry gelatin for 4th of July popcorn balls
  • Your school’s colors for graduations, sporting events, etc.
  • Your team’s colors for sports watching parties

You can also make white popcorn balls by leaving out the fruit-flavored gelatin and making plain popcorn balls. They will still be sweet, but not fruit flavored.

As another option, you can roll the just-rolled popcorn balls in sprinkles for an even more festive treat!

red, orange, green, and blue popcorn balls lined up in rows.

How to split this recipe for multiple colors

Want to make one recipe with two colors of popcorn balls? Here’s how:

After the marshmallows melt, divide the mixture between two large bowls. Stir one half of a package (¼ cup) gelatin powder into one bowl, and another half package of a different color into the other bowl.

Stir each to combine, then add 6 cups of popcorn to the first bowl, then 6 cups of popcorn to the second bowl. Stir to combine, then form into balls.

white bowl filled with multi-colored popcorn balls.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe with large marshmallows?

Yes. Use one (10 oz) bag of large marshmallows. They will take longer to melt.

What type of popcorn is best for popcorn balls?

Use either unsalted or lightly salted popcorn. The popcorn should not be butter-flavored. Brands such as Valley Pop or plain Skinny Pop work well.
You can also use microwave popcorn (plain or lightly salted) or kernels that you pop yourself.

Can I make marshmallow popcorn balls in the microwave?

Melt the butter in a microwave-safe dish, then add the marshmallows. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring in between, until the marshmallows are melted.

Can you freeze marshmallow popcorn balls?

I don’t recommend freezing popcorn balls. They will get mushy as they sit in the freezer and then defrost.

Can I make marshmallow popcorn balls with marshmallow creme?

Yes! Replace the mini marshmallows with 10 ounces of marshmallow creme (a.k.a. marshmallow fluff). That’s roughly 1.5 (7-ounce) containers.

rows of colorful marshmallow popcorn balls on a sheet tray.

Love fruit flavored treats? Don’t miss my Strawberry Pie with Jell-O or my Orange Dreamsicle Salad. Both recipes are also made with fruit flavored gelatin!

More treats made with marshmallows

  • Marshmallow Fudge
  • Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats
  • Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
  • Orange Dreamsicle Salad

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📖 Recipe

colorful marshmallow popcorn balls stacked into a low white bowl.

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Published by Kate
These fruit-flavored Marshmallow Popcorn Balls are gooey, crunchy, and sweet. Kids and adults alike adore them!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 balls
Calories 143 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 cups plain popcorn
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 (10 oz) package mini marshmallows
  • 1 (3 oz) package fruit-flavored gelatin (such as Jell-O; use your favorite flavor)
  • Cooking spray or more butter (for greasing your hands)

Instructions
 

  • Place a piece of parchment paper or wax paper on a work surface.
  • Place the popcorn in a large bowl.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir until melted. Stir in the fruit-flavored jello.
  • Pour over the popcorn and stir to coat.
  • Spray your hands with cooking spray or coat with a thin layer of butter or oil. Carefully roll the popcorn into balls (the mixture will still be warm). Place on the parchment paper or wax paper.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

Notes

I used Valley Pop popcorn for this recipe. Skinny Pop or another plain-ish popcorn work, too. It can be salted or unsalted, just avoid any buttery popcorns. 
Want to add more color? Add a few drops of food coloring to the marshmallow mixture to create a deeper color (example: add a few drops of green food coloring will create a deeper green color than just lime gelatin on its own). 
These popcorn balls are best enjoyed the same day that they are made.
Want to make two colors of popcorn balls with one recipe? Follow these instructions:
After the marshmallows melt, divide the mixture between two large bowls. Stir one half of a package (¼ cup) gelatin powder into one bowl, and another half package of a different color into the other bowl.
Stir each to combine, then add 6 cups of popcorn to the first bowl, then 6 cups of popcorn to the second bowl. Stir to combine, then form into balls.

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 43mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 112IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.3mg
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    1. Yes! I’d find another popcorn ball recipe if it isn’t your thing. I don’t want to steer you wrong with substitutions when I haven’t tried them myself.

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