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