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Firecracker Popcorn Balls Recipe Will Add Patriotic Flair to Your Summer Barbecue

It's so easy to give a nostalgic treat an all-American makeover!

Popcorn is the perfect movie accompaniment. You can load it up with butter and salt, go for a sweeter variety with kettle corn, or even cover it in cheese. However, have you ever thought about adding marshmallows and candy for an extra fun snack? We did! Our Firecracker Popcorn Recipe really only requires three ingredients, plus your candy of choice.

Popcorn Balls are such a nostalgic treat and all you have to do is melt butter with marshmallows and combine it with your popcorn. So easy! We chose red hots, sprinkles and red licorice to bring out that firecracker element, but you can feel free to pick any red, white or blue confection of your choice. These can get sticky to roll out, so we recommend coating your hands in cooking spray. This will not only leave you less covered in the marshmallow mixture, but it’s also easier to roll the popcorn into balls.

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12 serving

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  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 40 marshmallows
  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup Red Hots candy
  • 1/4 cup star sprinkles
  • 12 (1 1/2”) pieces red licorice laces


In pot over medium-low heat, cook butter and marshmallows, stirring, until melted. Remove from heat; stir in popcorn. Let cool 5 min. Stir in candy and sprinkles. Coat hands liberally with cooking spray. Shape mixture into balls around licorice laces, leaving 1” showing.



  • Calories: 210 kcal
  • Fat: 3 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 2 gram
  • Protein: 2 gram
  • Carbohydrate: 42 gram
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Sugar: 26 gram
  • Sodium: 60 mg
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