Easy popcorn balls recipe incorporating red and blue M&Ms and sprinkles for a delicious patriotic treat perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July or Labor Day celebrations.
This weekend we did as many did and kicked off summer with a cookout and some pool time. (This Monday we will be attending a town square ceremony honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom which is of course, the real meaning of Memorial Day.) We donned our red, white, and blue for Memorial Day and went to my sister’s house where my brother in law cooked up ribs, burgers, hot dogs, and boudain.(We love our Cajun food!) All I had to bring was dessert and I kept that simple with an easy Patriotic M&M Popcorn Balls Recipe that we were going to serve along with root beer floats.
I saw a recipe in a magazine for popcorn balls firecrackers using red hots candies and a red candy vine for the wick. They were super cute but I wasn’t sure how the cinnamon candies would taste with the popcorn so I adapted this recipe from Kraft and added M&Ms instead sorting out the red and blue ones. I stayed with the fireworks theme and found the perfect cupcake toppers of stars, sparklers, and flags at Hobby Lobby.
I used HEB Hill Country Kettle Corn popcorn. The sweet and salty of the kettle corn went great with the chocolates and sprinkles which were a last minute addition when I saw them in the pantry but added to the patriotic look.
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 bag large JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 bags microwave kettle corn popped popcorn
- ½ cup red & blue M&Ms
- red & blue cupcake sprinkles
- patriotic cupcake toppers
- Melt butter in a large sauce pan.
- When butter is melted, stir in marshmallows, adding handfuls at a time, stirring until melted and repeating for entire bag.
- Add vanilla and salt stirring constantly until entire bag of marshmallows is melted.
- Place popcorn in a large mixing or serving bowl.
- Add marshmallow mixture and stir gently to coat popcorn.
- When popcorn is completely coated with the marshmallow mixture, start adding the M&M's small amounts at a time.
- Stir gently because the popcorn is warm and will melt the M&Ms.
- Let the mixture cool slightly and then with buttered hands form the popcorn into balls.
- Press firmly to achieve shape but don't crush the ball.
- Place on wax paper to set.
- Add sprinkles while popcorn balls are still warm.
- Add patriotic cupcake toppers to ball.
- Let cool completely.
I wrapped the popcorn balls in foil to transport them to keep them from getting stale. These need to be stored inside because heat and humidity will soften the marshmallow mixture and cause the popcorn balls to fall apart.
With their red, white, and blue look you can make these for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. You can enjoy this fun twist on a childhood favorite all summer long!