A South African favorite dessert recipe, If you don’t know how to make popcorn balls, then you’re in for a treat. These are a super fun family cooking project!

Popcorn balls

Popcorn Balls

Make these festive looking party popcorn balls in a jiffy!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Sweets and candies
Cuisine American, South African
Servings 20
Calories 170 kcal


  • 20 cups popped corn unpopped kernels removed
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup marshmallows mini, fresh
  • cups icing sugar


  • Melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add corn syrup, water, sugar and marshmallows.
  • Stir until melted.
  • Remove from heat and add salt and vanilla.
  • Pour mix over popcorn and stir to ensure they're all covered.
  • Butter your hands and, bearing in mind that the mix is hot, form balls before it cools down completely.
  • You can add jelly sweets, smarties or M&M's to make it colorful for kids.


Calories: 170kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 2gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 92IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
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