[1] Make mini popcorn balls in your favorite colors (photo © National Popcorn Board).

[2] You can buy bags of popcorn or pop your own (photo © Hannah Kaminsky | Bittersweet Blog).

[3] Popcorn trail mix is easy to make. Here’s the recipe (photo © Delicious Meets Healthy).

[4] You can flavor popcorn with herbs and spices for any occasion. Here, pumpkin pie spices create Pumpkin Spice Popcorn (photo © National Popcorn Association).

[5] Use popcorn as a garnish, like this caramel corn garnish on a carrot cake. Here’s the recipe (photo © Honest Cooking).


January 19th is National Popcorn Day, celebrating an all-American treat. (October is National Popcorn Month.)

Popcorn is an all-American food, born by accident thousands of years ago. The oldest popcorn known to date was discovered in 1948 in a cave in New Mexico.

Here’s the history of popcorn.

We’ve got interesting ways to use popcorn, below.

For today, here’s a fun recipe from the National Popcorn Board. They call it Pop-a-rif-ic Popcorn Balls.

You can leave them their natural beige color, but there’s more eye appeal with a bit of food color (photo #1).

For the rest of the year, you can use the same recipe with theme food colors to make the popcorn balls for specific holidays and sports teams.

Make a batch for movie night, game-watching or for general snacking.

Note that while this recipe is not a low-calorie snack like plain popcorn, it is a whole-grain snack.

Ingredients For 14 Balls

  • 3 quarts popped popcorn, unsalted
  • 1 (1-pound) package marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup butter plus additional for shaping balls
  • Optional: food color
  • Optional: mix-ins (M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, nuts, dried fruits, etc.chocolate chips)
  • Optional garnish: sprinkles

    1. PLACE the popped popcorn in a large bowl.

    2. COMBINE the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan over low heat; cook until melted and smooth. To color the popcorn balls, add a few drops of food coloring to the smooth marshmallow mixture.

    3. MIX well to distribute the color evenly, then pour over the popcorn. Toss gently to mix well. Cool for 5 minutes.

    4. ADD the optional mix-ins and stir well to distribute.

    5. BUTTER your hands well and form the mixture into 2-1/2 inch balls. Makes about 14 balls.

    Place nonpareils in a shallow bowl or plate. Roll popcorn balls in nonpareils after forming.


  • Alternative Popcorn Uses
  • Arugula-Fig Salad With Popcorn Garnish
  • Corn Custard With Popcorn Garnish
  • Easy Microwave Popcorn
  • How To Remove The Burnt Popcorn Smell
  • Jalapeñno-Parmesan Popcorn
  • Kale-Lime Popcorn
  • Popcorn Ball Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Popcorn Meatloaf Recipe
  • Pairing Wine & Popcorn
  • Popcorn Cupcakes
  • Popcorn Ice Cream
  • Popcorn Party Bar
  • Popcorn Salad
  • Popcorn Trivia
  • Rosemary-Parmesan Popcorn
  • Sage Popcorn
  • S’mores Popcorn
  • Sweet & Savory Popcorn Garnishes
  • Triple Caramel Popcorn Fudge
  • Truffle Popcorn
  • What Makes Popcorn Kernels Pop


  • Candy Corn Popcorn Balls
  • Chocolate-Drizzled Popcorn
  • Christmas Popcorn Balls
  • Cranberry & Chocolate Spiced Popcorn
  • Cranberry Popcorn Balls
  • Chocolate-Cranberry Popcorn Bark With Toffee
  • Cranberry-Orange Popcorn Balls
  • Halloween Popcorn Balls
  • Halloween Witch Popcorn Balls
  • Haunted Halloween Popcorn Hands
  • Popcorn Snowman
  • Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Bark


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