S’mores Popcorn Balls are a delicious snack made with chocolate, marshmallows and cinnamon cereal. Honey and vanilla add a pop of flavor.
This is a fun movie night recipe or great to make when you don’t have a campfire for cooking s’mores.
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Popcorn Balls Ingredients
To make this fun s’mores recipe, you will need the following ingredients (see the recipe card below for exact amounts):
- Kettle corn: I used ACT II Kettle Corn. Freshly popped kettle corn or using kernels from a bag will also work.
- Salted butter: If you decide to use unsalted butter, make sure you add in an additional ¼ teaspoon of salt.
- Mini marshmallows: If you have bigger marshmallows, you can use them since they melt anyway. The mini marshmallows make it much easier to melt at the same rate.
- Honey: I recommend using raw (squeezable) honey.
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch: You can use Golden Grahams cereal.
- Chocolate Bar: Hershey’s milk chocolate bars are synonymous with s’mores in my mind, so that would be my chocolate of choice. Garnishing the top of the s’mores balls with a mini Hershey bar piece is a fun way to present them!
How to Make S’mores Balls
Pop popcorn according to instructions and set aside.
In a large pan on medium-low heat, melt salted butter and add in the mini marshmallows until fully melted and combined. Stir in honey and vanilla. Mix until combined.
Take cereal and popcorn and add it to the marshmallow mixture. Stir until well combined and then take off the heat. Set aside until cool enough for you to handle. Do not over cool as it will get too hard and sticky.
Once the mixture has cooled off enough to safely handle, mold the cereal mixture into balls and press in the chocolate chips. Rub flour on your hands to keep it from sticking too much.
Store covered at room temperature until ready to eat.
Tips for Making Popcorn Balls
- Make sure your saucepan is on medium-low heat, otherwise your marshmallow mixture can burn.
- You can pop kernels in a popcorn machine or on the stove. Bagged popcorn should be popped in the microwave.
- I have found that the mixture is a little easier to work with and cools off faster if I dump it straight from the pan into a large mixing bowl. That way you won’t burn your hands on the hot pan bottom.
Cover these popcorn balls and leave them at room temperature for up to 7 days. You can place them in cupcake liners or wrap individually in parchment paper if you are worried about them sticking together.
How Do I Form Popcorn Balls Without Getting Too Sticky?
Although the marshmallow and popcorn mixture will be hot at first, make sure you wait until it has cooled off enough so that they will actually stick together. But don’t wait too long. As soon as you can touch the mixture without burning your hands, work them into the balls. If your hands are getting too sticky, lightly flour them (don’t use too much!) or use a couple forks to form the ball.
I have also used plastic prep gloves when handling the popcorn to make for a slightly easier clean up. These are great for any time you need to roll meat or dough into balls.
Try switching out the kettle corn with regular popcorn for a little sweet and salty combo!
Substitute chocolate chips for the chopped chocolate bar. Use milk chocolate chips here instead if you want something a little sweeter. You can also use dark chocolate chips, or mix it up and try peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, or white chocolate chips. Or any combination of these.
Substitute the honey for another sweetener like agave or maple syrup.
More S’more Recipes
If you love that chocolate and marshmallow flavor combination, here are more of my recipes you need to try: