Peppermint Popcorn BallsI am so happy we found this fun, easy recipe for Peppermint Popcorn Balls.  It was a perfect treat for a holiday party or an edible gift for teachers and caretakers.  Plus, my little chef had such ooey gooey fun making them.  

Peppermint Popcorn BallsStart the recipe by making a bag of your favorite popcorn and place in a bowl and remove any unpopped kernels.  Apparently, I had a little popcorn thief on my hands…

Peppermint Popcorn Balls…In fact, the hardest part about this recipe was getting my little chef to stop eating the popcorn before we got started.

Peppermint Popcorn BallsNext, crush about 6 candy canes or sticks which is easy to find this time of the year.  My little chef used a food processor as it was easier and more fun for him.

Peppermint Popcorn BallsSet aside the crushed peppermint. Then in a saucepan add melt the butter and marshmallows over medium-high heat and stir until creamy & smooth. Add the crushed peppermint, peppermint extract and food coloring (optional) until well blended.

Peppermint Popcorn BallsPour the mixture over the popcorn then allow to cool.  Spray a wooden spoon with cooking spray to minimize the popcorn from sticking to your spoon as you mix.  

Peppermint Popcorn BallsIn fact, it’s a good idea to spray your hands with cooking spray before forming the ball shape to minimize stickiness.  My little chef thought this part was hilarious!

Peppermint Popcorn BallsNow this is where the ooey gooey fun part came in.  Use your hands to make the popcorn balls.  Kids will love this!

Peppermint Popcorn BallsPlace the formed balls on parchment paper.  You may need to wrap each ball in a plastic wrap to help to make sure it keeps its shape until it holds.

Peppermint Popcorn Balls
Yields 6
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  1. 1 bag of popcorn
  2. 6 full size candy canes or sticks
  3. 3 cups of mini marshmallows
  4. 1/4 cup butter
  5. 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  6. cooking spray
  7. pink food coloring (optional)
  1. Pop the popcorn using your favorite method (air popped, microwave or stovetop)
  2. Crush the candy canes and set aside
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add marshmallows to melted butter and stir constantly until mixture is smooth
  4. Quickly stir candy canes, peppermint extract and food coloring (optional) into butter mixture until well blended. Pour mixture over popcorn and mix until evenly coated. Allow popcorn mixture to cool.
  5. Spray hands with cooking spray and form popcorn mixture into balls. Place and arrange formed balls on parchment paper. Wrap each ball with plastic wrap when completely cooled.
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Chef Julian has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now as the CEO and Head Kid Chef of The Step Stool Chef, he is focused on empowering kids to be leaders in the kitchen. Chef Julian has been featured on the covers of magazines, newspapers as well as made guest appearances on all major TV networks, conferences and food festivals and is known for his fun & easy approach to cooking.

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