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Mini Popcorn Balls on a Stick

Add seasonal candies to make these an extra treat.

Quick Facts

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 24 to 30 mini popcorn balls


  • 1 package microwave popcorn, popped (about 9 to 10 cups)
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pretzels
  • 1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter OR margarine
  • 1 package (11 ounces) butterscotch chips OR white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup candy coated peanut butter pieces
  • 30 lollipop sticks, about 5 inches in length
  • White chocolate, melted for decorating
  • Small candies


  1. Spray a large bowl with cooking spray.  Add popcorn, peanuts and pretzels.
  2. Cook corn syrup and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Stirring constantly, bring to a full boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat; add butterscotch chips, stirring until melted.  Pour over popcorn mixture and mix well.  Stir in candies.
  3. Let cool until easy to handle.  Form into balls about 2 inches in diameter using lightly greased hands (or use gloves).  Place each ball on waxed paper.  Let sit 1 hour.  Insert a lollipop stick about 1 inch into each ball.
  4. Each ball can be wrapped individually in plastic wrap, then tied with a bit of ribbon.  Popcorn balls are best when served within 1 to 2 days.
  5. Decorating tips:  Melt white chocolate.  Insert stick into popcorn ball and dip into white chocolate, turning to coat.  Finish with candy eyes or other small candies.