Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

Candy corn popcorn balls recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 2 mins
Total: 32 mins
Servings: 12 servings

Sweet and chewy, these candy corn popcorn balls are unbelievably easy to whip up for any last-minute Halloween parties. Just melt together marshmallows, popcorn, and candy corn, then press together—it's really that easy.


  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 12 cups popcorn
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups candy corn

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for candy corn popcorn balls
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  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

    Line baking sheet with aluminum foil
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  3. Place the popped popcorn and the candy corn in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

    Popcorn in bowl
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  4. Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds until melted. Add the marshmallows and microwave for an additional 90 seconds to melt them. The marshmallows might not look melted at the end of this time, but once you stir them, they should liquefy. Stir to blend the butter and marshmallows, then add the vanilla and salt and stir again until the candy is well-mixed.

    Melt candy
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  5. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and candy corn and stir until they are thoroughly combined. Allow the mixture to sit for a minute, to cool down the hot marshmallow.

    Pour marshmallow over mixture
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  6. Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and scoop up a handful of popcorn. Press it firmly between your hands, forming a ball shape. Make sure that the balls are compact; loosely-formed popcorn balls easily fall apart. If the balls don’t form at first, allow the mixture to sit for another minute, this seems to help them hold together.

    Make into balls
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  7. Place the popcorn balls on the prepared baking sheet and allow them to firm up at room temperature. Store the popcorn balls in an airtight container in a cool, dry room.

    Place popcorn balls on tray
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