Breakfast Cereal Popcorn Balls

Breakfast cereal popcorn ballsPopcorn balls totally remind me of fall festivals at school growing up. I’m pretty sure everyone uses “fall festival” as a way to not say “Halloween.” Probably because at a certain age Halloween was still a little too spooky for me. I remember having my first scary Halloween when I was twelve. I spent the night with a few of friends from school, and we watched scary movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. And yes, those were scary to me when I was twelve. 

I digress. No matter how you say it, fall festival, Halloween, the-leaves-are-changing-so-I-need-a-treat… whatever: popcorn balls are awesome. They are SO easy, taking only about thirty minutes to make. And they are great to wrap up and give to friends, to have ready at a party, or just to devour by yourself while watching scary movies. 

Breakfast cereal popcorn balls These are particularly fun because they involve breakfast cereal. Which, the sugary kind are pretty much a dessert in and of themselves, right? You could totally customize this to fit your favorite variety: Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, Apple Jacks, or (my favorite) Lucky Charms. 

They are magically delicious after all. 🙂

How to make popcorn balls Breakfast Cereal Popcorn Balls, makes about 2 dozen.

3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
9-10 oz. mini marshmallows (they usually are in a 10.5 oz bag so just use “almost all” and you’re good)
2 bags standard size bags of microwave popcorn (lightly salted or plain)
2 cups cereal of choice

First, melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat.

How to make popcorn ballsNext, add in the marshmallows and sugar. Stir until everything melts together.

Have the popcorn and breakfast cereal already combined in a large bowl (or two largish bowls if needed). Pour the mixture over the popcorn and mix well with a large spoon. Watch out, as the mixture will be hot. 

Once the mixture has cooled just enough to handle, butter your hands and quickly form balls from the batter. Place onto parchment paper and allow to fully cool.

Homemade popcorn ballsGo on—make some popcorn balls even if you don’t have any kiddos in your life yet. Breakfast cereal popcorn balls can totally be enjoyed by adults too. 🙂 xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.


  • This would be a perfect company for my upcoming movie night with a couple girlfriends!
    Thank you for this lovely post. Such a brilliant idea! 🙂

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  • I absolutely love popcorn balls. I have a party coming up this Monday night and these would be the perfect treat to bring and share with people!


  • Love the creativity definitely trying this. Seems like the perfect movie snack for fall. Thanks for sharing.

  • I’ve actually never done this. It’s a perfect thing to do with my nieces while I’m home for the holidays. I’m going to go for it. 🙂

  • I’m from the UK and I have never seen/tried/heard of popcorn balls. I’m shocked, they look amazing! I will have to make these for when I have people coming over for Halloween…now to source some lucky charms.

    Kirsty x

  • I have never seen these before – they may be an American thing? Either way, DAYUM EMMA! Amazing.
    Bec x

  • What a fun treat! Popcorn balls definitely are the quintessential Halloween snack. Happy Thursday 🙂

  • What a quick, easy treat! I can remember being totally freaked out by Scream as well, lol…I haven’t thought of that movie in ages!

  • I don’t think I’ve ever eaten popcorn balls before, but I do love popcorn! I think all it needs is a sprinkle of sea salt! It would balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients 🙂


  • This is like a super version of a rice krispie treat! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • that’s a fun breakfast to eat for sure!!!

  • Brilliant! Lucky Charms are definitely my favorite cereal, but I’ll bet they’d be real tasty with Fruit Loops, Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats, etc.


  • This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing

    Love Bambi

  • Aw I used to love lucky charms when i was little! Fun treat idea 🙂

  • Looks tasty, I should definitely try it.
    Oh and ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ terrified me for years!!

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