Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Marshmallows and hot chocolate are a fun addition to popcorn balls.  These Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls are easy to put together and would be perfect for any Valentine’s party this week.

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls - a fun and delicious way to enjoy chocolate covered popcorn

 We like to make fun treats from time to time around here.  Not that you are surprised by that fact at all because most of the fun treats get shared with you too.  But sometimes those fun treats get made and and eaten before they ever make it here.

These popcorn balls were a treat I made for my kids last year.  I have been wanting to make them again, so I could share them, but before I knew it a whole year had passed.  

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls - a fun and delicious way to enjoy chocolate covered popcorn

This past week I made another batch of popcorn and set aside what I needed to make these yummy treats.

You are going to make them just like a rice krispie treat, but with some white chocolate and hot chocolate mix added to the melted marshmallows.  I found that the easiest way to form the balls was to gently press the warm mixture into a buttered 9×13 pan.  Do not press it tight at all!  Pressing rice krispie treats too firmly makes them hard, and I have a feeling it would do the same to these.  The pan is just so you can measure each ball without eyeballing it.  Use a hot knife to cut the mixture into 12 even squares.

Take each square and gently form it into a ball.  Again do not press it too tightly together.  While the mixture is still soft, press a striped straw down into the center and form the ball around it.  Be gentle.  Then place them on a piece of wax paper or cupcake liner to cool completely.

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls - a fun and delicious way to enjoy chocolate covered popcorn

Now you could go ahead and eat them just like this.  But I have this crazy habit that doesn’t let me do anything plain.   I love to top our hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles, so I decided to mimic that look on the popcorn balls.

A drizzle of white chocolate, a few sprinkles, and of course more mini marshmallow bits turns these plain popcorn ball into popcorn balls with style.

I’ll take style over plain any day of the week.  My family doesn’t always agree with me on this though :-)

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls - a fun and delicious way to enjoy chocolate covered popcorn

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Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 popcorn balls

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Hot chocolate and marshmallows turn these popcorn balls into a fun party treat.


8 cups popped popcorn
4 cups miniature marshmallows
4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
6 Tablespoons hot chocolate mix
4 ounces white CandiQuik, melted
mini marshmallow bits


  1. Place the mini marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan. Heat over low/medium heat until melted and creamy. Stir in the white chocolate chips and stir again until melted. Add the hot chocolate mix and stir again. Pour over the popcorn that is in a bowl. Stir to cover all the pieces.
  2. Dump the popcorn mixture into a buttered 9x13 pan. Spread it out gently, but do not press it down . Cut the mixture into 12 even squares. Form each square into a ball, but do not press it together too firmly. Press a straw down into the center of each one. Let set until completely cool.
  3. Drizzle the tops of each ball with melted CandiQuik. Top with sprinkles and mini marshmallow bits. Let set. Store in a sealed container.

More ways we like to enjoy hot chocolate in our baking:

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge 2

Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars 6

Raspberry Hot Chocolate Bars

Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes 1

Hot Chocolate Cheesecakes

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  1. says

    Oh boy! My fella loves popcorn (it’s his nightly snack). I remember having so much fun making popcorn balls as a kid. I think I should pick it up again.

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