How to make Grinch Popcorn Balls

These are the cutest treat for a fun Christmas movie night! Make these easy grinch popcorn balls for your family today.

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We’ve been having movie night a lot at my house and have been watching a lot of Christmas movies.  My kids love Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas so I thought I would make a fun treat to eat. I surprised them and made them while they were at school.  They couldn’t wait to dig in!

green popcorn balls with red heart

Ingredients for popcorn balls

How to make Grinch popcorn balls

  • Melt the butter in a pot on the stove.  
  • Pour in marshmallows and stir continuously until they’re melted.
  • Pop the popcorn in the microwave following the directions on the package and pour into large pot. Make sure to take out all the unpopped kernals.
  • Once the marshmallows are melted, pour over the popcorn and stir until well coated.
  • You’ll need to wait a few minutes until the popcorn has cooled to form your balls.  It will be extremely sticky and they won’t take shape.
Grinch Popcorn Balls

While forming the balls, place the stick in the middle.

Grinch Popcorn Balls

Make the hearts.  You can find these premade at some stores.  They only had zebra print ones when I went out, so I decided to make my own.  You’ll need a mold and melting chocolates.  You can find melting chocolates in practically any color you want.  I just melt mine in the microwave.  I got the mold at Michaels’s for $2.99.

Grinch Popcorn Balls

Once they were melted, I put in a baggie and cut off the corner so I cold fill up the mold without making a mess. I popped them in the freezer for a few minutes until they hardened.

Grinch Popcorn Balls

Here’s the finished hearts.  You can just pop them out of the mold.  We had extra and my kids have been sancking on them.

Grinch Popcorn Balls

Next, coat the popcorn balls in the same melting chocolate, but green.  Melt it in the microwave and used a spoon to cover the popcorn balls.  This is where the stick comes in really handy.  I put these in the refrigerator so the chocolate would harden.

Grinch Popcorn Balls

Use a tube of icing and just put a dab on it to hold the heart in place.

Grinch Popcorn Balls

Grinch Popcorn Balls

These are the cutest treat for a fun Christmas movie night! Make these easy grinch popcorn balls for your family today!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas, holidays, popcorn
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane

Ingredients

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 16 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 2 bags microwave popcorn plain
  • green melting chocolate
  • red melting chocolate
  • 1 tube of white icing to "glue" the heart on.

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a pot on the stove.
  • Pour in marshmallows and stir continuously until melted.
  • Pop the popcorn in the microwave following the directions on the package and pour into large pot. Make sure to take out all the unpopped kernals!
  • Once the marshmallows are melted, pour over the popcorn and stir until well coated.
  • Let the popcorn and marshmallow mixturd cool for a few minutes before forming balls. It will be extremely sticky and they won't take shape.
  • While forming the balls, place the stick in the middle.
  • Melt the green melting chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Cook for 30 seconds, stir and cook another 30 seconds. Continue until it's melted.
  • Add parchment paper to the baking sheet. Spoon chocolate over popcorn balls and place in the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process.

How to make red hearts.

  • Melt the red melting chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave. Cook for 30 seconds, stir and cook another 30 seconds. Continue until it's melted.
  • Fill mold, then place in freezer for a few minutes until chocolate has hardened.
  • Pop the hearts out of the mold.
  • Squirt a little icing on the back of the heart and place of green popcorn ball. You may have to lay the popcorn ball on it's side until the icing has hardened. If not, it may slide off.

4 Responses

  1. Leslie says:

    Hi, I am wondering approx how many these make?

    • Holly says:

      Should make at least 8.

    • Leslie says:

      Thank you! I am attempting to make these for my sons class party, and I wanted to make sure I have enough supplies. They are super cute, and I can’t wait to make them! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. This is a fantastic treat! I love the heart accent and know my children will enjoy this. Thanks for sharing on my facebook page. Pinned and stumbled.

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