These July 4th popcorn balls are a blast to make and eat. Get the kids in the kitchen and whip up a batch of these “gone before you know it” treats for Independence Day.
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Kids in the Kitchen
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are big fans of getting the kids in the kitchen. Not only for the learning and fun kitchen science has to offer, but also because it helps them understand the process of preparing food.
Simple recipes like this fun set of patriotic popcorn balls will keep them entertained and engaged. You’ll have fun combined with learning while they measure, mix, and watch the changes in the ingredients.
Ingredients for July 4th Popcorn Balls
We like to pop our own popcorn on the stove or using an air popper (we use this one). If you prefer microwave popcorn, make sure it’s not flavored or loaded with the extra butter. :)
Okay, let’s get started making these tasty and colorful July 4th popcorn balls! You will need:
- 2 bags of microwave popcorn or 1 cup of unpopped kernels
- 4 cups of mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Red, white, and blue sprinkles
- M and M’s in red, white, and blue
- wax paper (to let the popcorn balls cool and harden), a large bowl, and a large saucepan
How to Make Patriotic Popcorn Ball Treats
- Pop the corn. Empty the popcorn into a very large bowl (or split it between two) and remove any unpopped kernels.Can we talk about unpopped kernels? Don’t you just wish it was a law of the universe that ALL kernels had to pop? These are the things I think about at 3 am…
- On the stove over low-to-medium heat, melt the butter. Once melted, stir in the vanilla.
- Add ALL the marshmallows, stirring until completely melted. It will smell SO good – like a candy factory inside your house. The kids will be begging you to eat 1,529 marshmallows at this point. Stay strong.
- Pour the heated mixture (adults only) over the popcorn. Add in sprinkles and M and M’s and stir until your heart’s content (or until it’s fully incorporated).
- Test the temperature of the popcorn. When cool enough to handle, dampen everyone’s hands with water and roll the mixture into balls. Set onto the wax paper to cool and harden.
It’s time to snack on your July 4th popcorn balls! You can gift some, but let’s be honest, the kids have likely licked every single one of them by now. Give them (and yourself) permission to snack on them while lounging by the pool.