Marshmallow Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Saturday, October 17, 2020
These Halloween Marshmallow Pumpkin Popcorn Balls and such a fun treat and the recipe is great for any holiday you shape it in.

These are perfect for any party and taste just like rice Krispie treats but made with popcorn.

They're the perfect fun food or even great for a centerpiece for your Holiday table when you have molded the mixture in your holiday them.

The popcorn easily will be a fun family project and make some great memories with the kids in the kitchen.

I also love the fact you can change the color so easily with some natural food dyes or food coloring of choice.

If you love making creative fun party themed and holiday foods try our Doll Cakes Molded for Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness and our Spider Deviled Eggs that can also be changed to any party theme.

Just scroll down to see the many ideas these can be made into and start a fun family day together.

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Parties and Fun Foods

Popcorn is so inexpensive and easy to work with, below I will give some tips on what to shape it in.

Even though this can be used for a Halloween-them, just pumpkins for fall is perfect for Thanksgiving as well.

Whether it's just a get-together, family fun, a party, or just because they are so festive, the kids love to make these popcorn pumpkin balls every year.

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Tips and Suggestions

  1. stir quickly while melting marshmallows
  2. a flavored extract can be added to the melted marshmallow
  3. use premade popcorn from the store instead of popping your own
  4. add the food coloring in when the marshmallows are in the pan
  5. keep the shaped marshmallow balls in a cupcake wrapper or wrap them in parchment paper
  6. oil spray molds if using
  7. use a cup and be very careful using your hands the mixture is very hot and can burn you
  8. perfect for trick or treaters and Halloween giveaways
  9. these make great fundraisers decorated in the colors 
  10. if making pumpkins add log-shaped tootsie rolls for the stem or green cut up spearmint leaves

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Popcorn Molding Ideas

  • Use any kind of molds
  • Shape into hearts and tint the marshmallow pink or red
  • Shape into green Christmas trees
  • Shape into Easter Eggs and make assorted colors
  • Make plain popcorn balls and roll in theme colored sprinkles
  • Mix the popcorn with other ingredients like colored chocolate candies peanut butter candies or other coated colorful candies you like
  • Roll in cookie crumbs
  • Top with chopped toffee
  • Tint the marshmallow to the party theme IE baby showers, holidays, etc.
  • Top them with various color sprinkles or candy
  • Mix in nuts
  • Shape into molds for different shapes
  • Add mini chocolate chips or another flavor to the tops

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Popcorn Balls Party Ideas

  1. These make great gifts
  2. Perfect for Holiday centerpieces
  3. Parties and after school treats
  4. Can be made as popcorn pops adding a stick
  5. Gameday events

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Kids Love These!

Remember to cool them and use ice cream scoop, molds, and other protection with kids if the mixture is too hot to handle to be safe.

Wrap in a wax paper when molded into balls.

They keep fresh for around 3 days, so keep in mind fresh taste best.

For natural food coloring see my chart for Easter Egg Natural Food Dyes.

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Halloween Marshmallow  Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Halloween Marshmallow Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 15 Min
This is a recipe using popcorn and melted marshmallows and then molded into shapes for any party or holiday theme. These are a perfect kids project and fun to eat.


  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn approximately 8 cups of popped
  • Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Set aside
  • Popcorn options:
  • Microwave the popcorn, (stovetop version see note on bottom) or use a hot air popper or use store-bought pre-popped in a bag however it's very salty.
  • Marshmallow Recipe:
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Red and yellow food coloring (use 2 drops of red 3 drops of yellow) for natural food dye see Easter Egg Natural Food Dye
  • Optional flavoring: 1 or 2 cinnamon oil drops, orange extract, or any other flavor you like to add
  • Garnish for making the pumpkin:
  • mini tootsie rolls
  • eyeball candies
  • optional: sprinkles, melted chocolate to dip bottoms with nuts chopped candy corn, m & m for eyes, rolled in crushed cookies, or assorted color sprinkles.
  • Note: Also, I used green frosting to make leaves for the stem on the pumpkin but you can use green spearmint leaf or green gummy candy also.


  1. Pop the corn and place in a 13 x 9 greased pan.
  2. Make whatever you like, air-popped, microwaved, or Old Fashioned on top of stove popcorn.
  3. The Marshmallow Recipe:
  4. Melt butter In a medium saucepan over low heat.
  5. Stir in orange food coloring(mixture of red and yellow) marshmallows and cook until melted, stirring constantly.
  6. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix with a wooden spoon to coat evenly in the prepared pan.
  7. Let the mixture cool slightly.
  8. Make balls popcorn with your hands or form popcorn into 8 balls using a rounded glass container like the one in the photo shown.
  9. You also can make mini ones using an ice cream scooper, silicone molds, or even cookie cutters.
  10. I used a ceramic measuring cup to form mine.
  11. Add mini tootsie rolls and candy corn to decorate or whatever you like with the options above.
  12. I then let them cool completely and place into plastic sandwich bags and zip tie them to hand out of giving away.
  13. They stay fresh for 3 or 4 days.
  14. Keep in a cool dry place.
  15. Note: Making Old Fashioned Popcorn on Top of the Stove:
  16. Add vegetable oil to a 4-quart saucepan, and heat over high heat. When the oil is hot, add popping corn. 
  17. Keep pan moving constantly. 
  18. When corn stops popping, remove from heat. 
  19. Put popcorn in a prepared pan.



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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. These are darling Claudia and fun for both children and adults to indulge in.

  2. You do Halloween so well! These would be fun family munchies. Love the idea of adding candy eyeballs!

  3. I love, love popcorn balls, too! And this is such a cute idea for Halloween!


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