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Popcorn Snacks

We always had popcorn balls at Christmastime when I was growing up. A couple years ago, my mother gave me this recipe for an updated version.—Vicki Theis, Shakoppe, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing
  • Makes
    9 dozen


  • 1 package (16 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2-1/2 cups milk chocolate M&M's
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) dry roasted peanuts


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the marshmallows, butter and oil until the marshmallows are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and salt.
  • In a very large bowl, combine the popcorn, M&M's and peanuts. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix well. Press into two greased 13-in. x 9-in. pans. Let stand for 2 hours or until set. Cut into bars and remove from pans. Store in an airtight container.

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  • jmkasprak
    Dec 17, 2020

    My problem with this recipe is just preference. I think the popcorn got too chewy, but since I don't really like rice crispy treats I should have expected that. Also, the M&M colors bled a little bit as I stirred, so I would add them later in the mixing process or at least save some to press on the top.

  • JGa2595176
    Jun 4, 2019

    Have made this for various kid events (school parties, potlucks, etc) and it's always a hit! I switch up the colors of the chocolate candies and it's a great holiday snack.

  • itsjustjoan
    Dec 4, 2014

    This recipe is YUMMY and I adjusted it to using parchment paper to line the pan and push it down in it without everything sticking to places you didn't want it to, and instead of the M&Ms and peanuts, threw in the same amount of trail mix (cashews, peanuts, caramels, m&ms, craisins, and the equivalent of milk duds) for a truly delicious treat! Used 2 bags of popped butter popcorn, added no salt. Use a giant pot to melt the marshmallows then after you take the pot off the heat, throw in the popcorn and trail mix.

  • mommyfor5
    Feb 1, 2011

    Just made these with the Valentine colored M & M's. Cut the recipe in half and put in a 10 x 15 pan. Tried the 9 x 13 first and they heaped over the pan. Everyone loved them, sad to say, gone in 24 hours!

  • marshal67
    Oct 11, 2010

    I made these in April for administratives assistant day and everyone loved them-warning they are addictive! My kids loved them too and it is so easy to make.

  • BarbSmere
    Jan 5, 2010

    Since finding this recipe in a taste of home book I have made it every year at christmas time. My family young and old love to eat it while watching their favorite football team. It is easy to make and fun to eat.