Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

Do you want a quick and super simple fall dessert recipe?

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Candy Corn Popcorn Balls are a favorite fall recipe around here, rivaling even the elegant and classic caramel apple!

I suppose it is the simplicity that we love.

You know when you go to make a recipe and realize you don’t have the correct ingredients so you just start improvising out of desperation . . .

yeah, that was how this one got started.

meant to make rice crispy treats, but we were plum out of the snap, crackle and pop. So, I did what any self- respecting hostess would do and substituted popcorn instead.

And then, well, while we were breaking the rules, why not add some candy corn for the color and seasonal interest?

Do you want a quick and super simple fall dessert recipe?

If you aren’t familiar with the standard rice crispy treat recipe have included it here with my tweaks.


  • 24 cups of popped popcorn
  • 1 cube of butter
  • 2 packages (10 oz., about 80) marshmallows
  • 3 cups of corn candy


  • In large kettle melt butter over low heat.
  • Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  • In a HUGE mixing bowl, mix the popcorn, candy corn and marshmallow sauce with your hands until evenly distributed. Butter your hands to keep them from sticking to the marshmallow sauce.
  • Shape into balls and let cool on wax paper.

Do you want a quick and super simple fall dessert recipe?

And there you have it, all my secrets to making Candy Corn Popcorn Balls.

They are a tradition at our Pumpkin Carving Party we host each year at our house and I have been known to switch out the candy corn for gum drops when I wear my Mary Poppins costume, which incidentally is my favorite costume ever.

Mary Poppins costume and simple fall dessert

Shhh, don’t tell the kids it is really just Miss Sarah, some of them were convinced I really was Mary Poppins! One little girl had me bend over so she could whisper in my ear, “I feel like I know you.”

Oh. my. goodness. So darling!

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  1. October 13, 2016 / 11:09 AM

    Sarah, you are darling! I love this and I will be trying it with candy pumpkins this weekend!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 18, 2016 / 6:04 PM

      Oh, Tori, you are the best! Thank you so much for stopping by, I will be thinking of you when we make ours.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 18, 2016 / 6:05 PM

      Haha, did I fool you, too with my costume? Thank you so much for the invite!

      • Kimber
        September 12, 2020 / 1:26 PM

        You did me. I had to take a 2nd look .

  2. Pamela
    October 13, 2016 / 10:18 PM

    They sound yummy! Will be giving them a try.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 18, 2016 / 6:05 PM

      Oh goody! Have fun, my friend.

  3. Tanya Hulbert
    October 15, 2016 / 8:33 PM

    My kids would love these! Ok, and my husband and I, too! You even make popcorn cute!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 18, 2016 / 6:06 PM

      You are so sweet, they are easy enough for kids to make, too. Enjoy!

  4. October 16, 2016 / 1:31 PM

    Candy corn and popcorn together….color me in!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 18, 2016 / 6:07 PM

      Its quite the combo, isn’t it? Not to mention marshmallows and butter!!!

  5. October 21, 2016 / 11:28 AM

    These look so good and now I want candy corn! lol Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It!

  6. October 26, 2016 / 4:21 PM

    What a cool idea. My great nieces and great nephews have really been fascinated with candy corn this year. I’m sure they’d have a lot of fun making the candy corn popcorn balls. We’ll have to make some next time they are over. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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