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Jello Popcorn Balls

jello popcorn balls

This is a super fun, super easy recipe that you can whip up for any special occasion. Originally, I tried to dry the pieces so they could be eaten individually, but this just works best as a popcorn ball recipe. Use any flavor of Jello that you like and enjoy the colors!

Jello Popcorn Balls

Makes about 12 balls

12 cups popcorn
1 c. corn syrup (light is best)
1/2 c. sugar
1 package Jello, any flavor

In a pot, heat sugar and corn syrup until they boil. Remove from the heat, stir in the Jello and pour over the popcorn.

I recommend a very large bowl or pot for stirring the popcorn, or else it will all fall out and get your counter and floor sticky!

Once the popcorn has cooled, rub a little margarine on your hands and take a handful of popcorn, pressing it into a ball. Repeat until you have all the popcorn made into balls.

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  • SHIRLEY SMITH says:

    I JUST HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. MY HUSBAND IS DIABETIC AND LOVES POPCORN BALLS AND I USED TO MAKE ONE USING THE JELLO, (BEFORE) AND NOW WOULD LIKE TO MAKE HIM SOME THAT ARE SUGAR FREE THAT HE CAN EAT. DO YOU HAVE A RECIPE FOR THEM? CAN YOU USE SUGAR FREE JELLO INSTEAD OF REGULAR JELLO IN THIS RECIPE FOR POPCORN BALLS? I LOVE YOUR RECIPES.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. SHIRLEY

    • Genesis says:

      Shirley, I don’t have a recipe for sugar free. You can certainly try the diet Jello, but I think the lack of sugar would keep it from making it harden up, since it does work like candy.

    • Deja says:

      SHIRLEY,

      YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN MAKE A SUGAR FREE VERSION!!! We just made it and it’s delicious!!

      1/4 cup Truvia
      1/8 cup water (bring to a boil with the Truvia)
      1 package SUGAR FREE JELLO (.6 oz package) Stir into Truvia/water mix.

      They are sticky and yummy!! And don’t even include the corn syrup. ENJOY!

      • Genesis says:

        Thanks for that, Deja!

      • DaNette says:

        Hi Deja,

        Thank you so much for posting the sugar-free version. My son is T1 diabetic and this will be a nice recipe to keep on hand to avoid a big bolus for an indulgent tasting snack. :)

        One question – did you use 12 cups of popped corn as the original recipe used? I plan to make your recipe tonight for my son’s school Halloween party tomorrow afternoon.

        • Genesis says:

          DaNette, you might be interested in another blog I’m getting off the ground, WhatDiabeticsEat.com. My husband was recently diagnosed with diabetes and we have made some big changes to our diet.

  • Anika says:

    Hi! Thanks for posting this! I’ve been looking for colored popcorn balls! One question though:
    Jello is a bit hard to find in my area (not in the US).

    Do you know if the jello contributes anything to the texture of the balls?

    If not, probably I could make a flavored and colored syrup cooked to say…hard-ball (just before caramelization)… does that sound like it might yield pretty much the same effect as using Jello? :-D

    Thank you!

    • Genesis says:

      Anika, you could easily substitute your own syrup, Jello just makes it super quick and easy to get the flavoring down.

  • Diane says:

    Does this make the popcorn balls soft and chewy or are they crunchy like old fashioned one? I prefer to make them crunchy but I do not have a candy thermometer.

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