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101 Days of Christmas: Candy Cane Popcorn Balls

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I’ve never made homemade popcorn balls before — although we’ve happily eaten them as part of various gift baskets over the years — so when Good Cook asked if I’d like to try their popcorn ball-making kit for our series, I was excited to give it a try.

Although there are “classic” recipes for popcorn balls that call for a more complicated mixture of corn syrup and other ingredients, I decided to cheat and use the simpler marshmallow version. Not only is it easy, but anything that calls for a bag of mini marshmallows is a winner in my opinion. Add a few candy canes (or, ahem, peppermint star mints) mixed in for a fun holiday treat!

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  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 10-ounce package mini marshmallows
  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup candy canes, crushed


  • nonstick saucepan
  • silicone spatula
  • large bowl
  • popcorn baller


Pop popcorn and crush candy canes ahead of time. Mix together in a large bowl.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted.

Pour the melted marshmallows over popcorn mixture and toss with a spoon.

Scoop popcorn into the popcorn baller and press down with the lid (or shape with well-buttered hands). Release the popcorn ball onto a sheet of wax paper to harden.

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