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Grinch Popcorn Balls Recipe

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This Grinch Popcorn Balls Recipe is a fast and easy Grinch themed recipe to make for any holiday party or Christmas movie night. It’s packed full of flavor but only takes a handful of ingredients that you likely have at home.

You can easily make these popcorn balls for a fun weekend treat, party snack, or as a great recipe to share as a gift. Definitely add this to your favorite Grinchmas Ideas!

Made with popped popcorn, marshmallows, butter, a few heart sprinkles, and a whole lot of holiday spirit, this simple homemade popcorn balls recipe is seriously that good.

Whip it up, mash it into balls, and enjoy! This easy and fun treat recipe for Grinchmas can’t be topped.

Grinch Popcorn Balls

What I love about making this DIY popcorn balls recipe is that it’s really good and super fast.

Because during the holiday season, who has time to make much of anything else?

When I can whip up an easy Grinch-themed snack that everyone will love, that’s a massive win in my book.

Is this a traditional DIY popcorn ball recipe?

Not really. This is more like a hybrid recipe between Rice Krispie treats and traditional popcorn balls. Whereas traditional popcorn balls are more complex, calling for corn syrup, candy thermometer, dropping some of your mixture in cold water to see if it is heated enough…ugh – no time for that today.

No, it’s a lot easier to melt some mini marshmallows in a large pot over medium heat, drop in the popped popcorn and stir. Then you just remove it from the heat and stir, transferring it to a large bowl to cool for a second until you can handle it. To make the actual balls, you just spray your hands with cooking spray and roll the popcorn into balls and drop them on a baking sheet.

It’s that easy – a little food coloring and you’ve got the perfect Grinch Who Stole Christmas treat.

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Make it a Meal:

Meal planning is absolutely made out to be harder than it really is. Check out this quick meal plan to go with your popcorn! Once you’ve done it once or twice, it gets so much easier.

Main Dish: Easy Italian Hamburger Soup Recipe

Vegetable Side: Bacon and Broccoli Salad Recipe

Starch Side: Bacon Baked Beans

Refreshing Drink: 20+ Festive Holiday Mocktails You’ll Love

Best Popcorn Recipes:

Once you make this easy Christmas Popcorn Recipe, why stop with just one!? Dessert or a snack, you can make popcorn unique in so many ways, it’s perfect!

Unicorn Popcorn is one of those snacks that the kids will love.

Peanut Butter Popcorn is so simple to make!

The level of flavor in this Cotton Candy Popcorn is insane!

This Red, White, and Blue Snack Mix is easy and just so simple – ridiculously so.

I also love these July 4th Popcorn Balls as well!

Patriotic Popcorn is one of our favorite snacks to make for the 4th of July holiday.

If you’re looking for a recipe that isn’t sweet, this Buffalo Hot Popcorn is calling your name!

How do I store this Grinch popcorn recipe? 

Once you pop this popcorn using your air popper, you literally have the perfect treat! Make this for a special occasion or for a How The Grinch Stole Christmas Movie Night. You know that this is going to be a huge hit, so you might have some leftovers from this easy snack. 

The good thing is that you can store this delicious treat and spread out that flavor to last throughout the watching of all your favorite Christmas movies. Leftovers of this salty snack can be stored in an airtight container. 

As long as you have it airtight, leftover popcorn should still have some crunch and be so much fun to eat again! Since there is more than one Grinch movie, it’s a good idea to save as much of this tasty treat as you can. Holiday treats like this make the perfect snack, and there is a reason that they’re a holiday favorite. 

You can store this recipe at room temperature as well. It’s a great idea to put it into a small bowl with a lid or cover the leftovers with plastic wrap. That way, the green popcorn is fresh and ready to eat again ASAP! 

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Grinch Popcorn Balls

Grinch Popcorn Balls

Yield: 6-8 Grinch Popcorn Balls
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These easy Grinch popcorn balls are the easiest way to make a unique and fun Grinch treat for a holiday movie night!


  • 6 cups Popped Popcorn
  • 2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3-4 drops Green Gel Food Coloring
  • 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Red Heart Sprinkles


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add the marshmallows and butter, stirring until melted completely.
  2. Remove from heat and add vanilla, peppermint and food coloring. Stir until combined completely.
  3. Add popcorn and stir until all of the popcorn is covered completely.
  4. Add sprinkles and stir. Allow to cool until it can be safely handled.
  5. Spray your hands with cooking spray and form the popcorn into 1 1/2 cup balls, placing each ball on a baking sheet to cool completely. Then serve!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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