- 2 to 2¼ bags lightly buttered-style microwave popcorn
- 1 stick of salted sweet cream butter
- 1 ½ bags (10 oz. each) of mini marshmallows
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Twizzlers™ Pull ‘n’ Peel Licorice, cherry
- Air Heads™ Xtremes™ Sweetly Sour Candy, rainbow berry
- Orange and black small jelly beans
- Mini candy canes
Pop two bags of popcorn in the microwave at 1:45 – 2 minutes per bag. (Follow your package’s directions.) Immediately take the bag out of the microwave. Open it to prevent burning. Scoop the popcorn into a large bowl by hand. This leaves the kernels in the bottom of the bag.
In a large pot, melt butter and marshmallows on low heat. Stir constantly. (But, don’t turn up the heat to hurry it along.) As soon as the marshmallows are melted, remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir. [If making colored balls, add food coloring to this marshmallow mixture.]
Pour mixture into the popcorn. Stir until the popcorn is completely covered.
Option – If you want the popcorn balls to be less chewy, then add more popcorn. So you can add ¼ bag more popcorn, if you like.
Cover hands with butter. Then form popcorn into a 3” wide ball. Press candy into popcorn. Be sure to support the candy, by building up the popcorn around it. This keeps the candy in its place or else it will fall out. The popcorn mixture firms up (if left in the bowl) – so work quickly to form the popcorn balls.
Store by wrapping in plastic wrap. Makes 8-10 three inch balls. So you may want to make two batches.