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Peanut Candy Popcorn Balls

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing


about 20 popcorn balls

Kids love these colorful novelties, concocted from popcorn, nuts, M&M's and marshmallows, so they make great stocking stuffers. Instead of balls, the salty-sweet recipe can be shaped into a cheery cake using a buttered angel food cake pan.


  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1-1/2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 package (16 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 2-1/2 cups red and green milk chocolate M&M's


  1. In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, peanuts, pecans and M&M's; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, oil and marshmallows; cook and stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture; mix well.
  2. When cool enough to handle, shape into popcorn balls. Let stand at room temperature until firm before wrapping in plastic wrap or stacking.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 440 calories, 29g fat (8g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 195mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein.

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