Pinecone Popcorn Balls

One of my favorite things to eat is popcorn.  I love it.  Buttered, savory, sweet.  Any of those ways is a good way to eat popcorn.  I have made a couple of recipes of sweet popcorn mixes before on my blog, but I’ve never done popcorn balls before.

It made me especially happy to see Good Cook doing a Popcorn Event this month.  They sent their Kitchen Experts a range of products to create tasty popcorn balls to kick the event off.  You’ll be able to see some of the creations on their Facebook page and they’ll be having a giveaway for their fans during the 7-day event that starts October 7, 2013.

The two challenges to making popcorn balls is the mess and trying to get them round.  Good Cook has solved this dilemma with their new Popcorn Ballers.

I decided I wanted to do something seasonal with it, and after the project was complete, I thought the popcorn balls I had made looked a little bit like pinecones, hence the name.


One bag of microwave popcorn
2 1/2 cups of mini marshmallows
3 Tbsp of butter
1 packet of Duncan Hines Chocolate Marshmallow Frosting Creations flavor mix (you could use 1/4 cup of cocoa instead if you can’t find this)
1 Tbsp of vanilla
1 cup of Nestle Halloween chocolate chips


1. Pop the popcorn, let cool and then pick out the unpopped kernels.  Put in a mixing bowl and set aside.

2. Over low heat in a non-stick pot, heat the butter, marshmallows, vanilla, and flavor mix (or cocoa) together until the butter and marshmallows are completely melted and it’s a smooth mixture and it’s just starting to boil.

3. Pour the liquid mixture over the popcorn and with a silicone spatula mix until all the popcorn is covered.  Then fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Scoop the popcorn mixture into the Good Cook Popcorn Baller and then put the lid on it and press down to mold.  On the bottom of the popcorn baller is a flexible indented piece that allows you to depress the popcorn ball onto wax paper or parchment paper without having to touch it.  Bonus – the popcorn baller is dishwasher safe so when you’re done using it just toss it in the machine!

This recipe will make 3 popcorn balls.  They are HUGE.  And this recipe is very sweet so I’d actually say that while it makes 3 balls, one half of a popcorn ball would be a serving, so it makes 6 servings.

For kidlets you know well, it is fun to wrap them up in little Halloween themed plastic sacks for a sweet treat.

If you would like to purchase a popcorn baller at they are offering it to our readers for 25% off.  Use CODE: POPCORN at checkout.  Also be sure to visit for more ideas!


35 thoughts on “Pinecone Popcorn Balls

  1. Those are so cute & sound so yummy! I was OBSESSED with popcorn balls as a kid but I remember how messy they are to make so I haven't made them yet- I need that tool!

  2. I think I got a cavity just reading the recipe. AWESOME! 😉

    The popcorn ball gadget is really cool. I agree that it is a real pain to get them into the right shape… and to get them all the same size. The Popcorn Baller would definitely solve that.

  3. I grew up on the popcorn balls made with karo syrup that were hard and indestructible. I love the ones made with marshmallows. I'm sure I could eat a whole one.

  4. Wow those look good. I admit to having checked it out because I thought how could pine cones and pop corn go together. lol

  5. I've never made a popcorn ball either but I absolutely love them! I love the recipe you created and how clever you named them. I especially love the popcorn baller – that is genius!

  6. These look yummy! I have never made popcorn balls because I figured they'd be a big mess, but that gadget makes it look so easy!

  7. What an adorable (and scrumptious) treat idea! I could think of a million ways a popcorn baller would really come in handy throughout the year.

  8. I have to get this! My husband loves popcorn balls, but they're so messy that I rarely make them for him. I want to surprise him with this recipe. 🙂

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