Heather Rode enjoys photography, baking, antiques, and hair care.
My husband and I loved rainbow-flavored popcorn as kids. I have fond memories of my parents buying it at the mall for my sisters and I when we were much younger. These days, I can't find it anywhere. My husband and I were recently reminiscing about it as well as the microwave variety that you could pop at home. With a giant craving for it, I got to work. The best part is that this snack will cost you under five dollars to make.
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- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 bag (10 oz) mini marshmallows
- 12 cups popped popcorn
- 1 small pkg Jell-O (any flavor), (4 servings size)
- Place butter and marshmallows in large microwaveable bowl and place in microwave. Cook for 90 seconds up to 2 minutes, until marshmallows are puffy.
- Add dry Jell-O and stir.
- Pour mixture over popcorn. Stir quickly to coat well.
- Spray hands with cooking spray and work quickly, forming into balls.
Marshmallows in Action!
This was the first time I've ever put marshmallows in the microwave and it was actually pretty interesting. They puff up quite a bit, so make sure your bowl will accommodate them when they grow 200% or more. It's fascinating to watch them expand and then quickly deflate. I took the video below to give you an idea of what this step is like.
- If popping your own popcorn, you'll need about 3/4-1 cup of kernels. I used 1 cup and had a little extra to snack on. Pop just a little at a time, unless your popcorn popper is fancy-smancy. I have to go easy on mine or some will get burned and others won't fully pop.
- Make sure all your kernels are popped or remove the ones that didn't make it. No one wants to unknowingly bite into a hard kernel—no matter how yummy its new coating is.
- I used a mixture of white and yellow corn kernals, although use whatever you'd like.
- Use your favorite flavor of Jell-O.
- Work quickly. If you slack off, you're going to have a hard time with this recipe.
- Spray your hands more than once (every few balls).
- Keeping these in the fridge helps combat the stickiness (I keep most stuff in the fridge these days due to a case of the summertime kitchen ants).
Heather Says: Now that I see how simple these are to make, I'm going to be making these often. I love how nicely the Jell-O spectrum lends its rainbow to the endless possibilities of this recipe. Mix and match colors for holidays (red and blue for 4th of July or red and green for Christmas). This stuff is delicious and pleasing to the eye-- but beware, this stuff is sticky. I never realized how sticky an entire bag of mini melted marshmallows could be! Grease your hands often. I didn't at first and I felt like a Ghostbuster trying to fling ectoplasm off of my fingers! Enjoy!
More Recipes from the Kitchen of Heather Says
- Summertime Fried Veggie Cakes
A spin on a traditional potato pancake recipe, incorporating fresh veggies. Super easy to make and deliciously yummy.
- Turkey Sausage and Green Pepper Egg Pizza
This dish is yummy any time of day, with any meal and is a great way to use leftovers. Use your favorite pizza toppings for a new spin on an old favorite or experiment and have fun!
- Strawberry Jell-o Cake with Fresh Strawberries
Jell-o + Cake = Jell-o Cake. It's as easy as it sounds. This is a great way to turn a boxed cake mix into something spectacular. It only adds a few minutes on to the prep time that you would normally spend baking and frosting a cake from a mix.
windy on May 28, 2015:
I just made blue ones!! For my magic mike movie day!! It was super easy and i appreciate your picture steps becauss i wasn't sure how to add the butter. I just threw it on top like u did! Thanks !!!
Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 19, 2013:
This sounds easy to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Heather (author) from Arizona on March 27, 2013:
Yep :). Any flavor.
Me on March 27, 2013:
So can you use any flavor of jello to make any flavor of popcorn balls?
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on August 28, 2012:
Just so you know....your recipe is a huge hit at my house....my now 6 year old loves these popcorn balls and always requests them....we are making blueberry popcorn balls today....so I am back for the directions yet again.
Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on June 25, 2012:
Looks like easy recipe. Thanks for sharing!
PS: Thanks for reading and commenting on Sunshine's interview.
Heather (author) from Arizona on June 24, 2012:
I didn't experience that problem BUT I sometimes forget that time passes while I'm photographing what I'm doing. So a little time might have passed between those steps and I was oblivious! So glad you made this and enjoyed them. Thanks for updating me! :)
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on June 24, 2012:
We just got through with our first batch...kids love them....biggest issue is we tried to form the balls to soon...and they would not stick together.....but at a few minutes the marshmallows cooled somewhat and we were good to go.....thanks again for the recipe.
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on June 23, 2012:
I just showed my 5 year old daughter pictures from your hub...and she wants to use your recipe this afternoon....I was like you like popcorn? strawberry? and marshmallow? then you will like Pink Strawberry Popcorn Balls. I will let you know how they turn out. Voted up and useful. FYI when you try to view the video it pops up with a "This is Private" message.
Heather (author) from Arizona on June 21, 2012:
Thanks for reading and commenting, moonlake. :)
moonlake from America on June 20, 2012:
These look good. When I was a kid popcorn balls were a treat for us that my Mom would make once in while for us. Good hub voted up.