Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops

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These darling Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops are perfect for Memorial Day,  summertime, and for the 4th of July!

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They are super kid-friendly, fast and easy to make, and look darling!  Serve these at your 4th of July BBQ, and they will be a sure-fire hit! My favorite way to make popcorn balls is with marshmallows–the same way you make Rice Krispie treats, but with popcorn.  Melt the butter, add the marshmallows, and heat over a medium high heat, stirring constantly, until it’s nice and smooth.  Pour it over the popcorn, stir with a wooden spoon until all the popcorn is covered.  I let it rest for a few minutes, to let the marshmallow cool and harden a little, which makes it easier to form the popcorn balls.  Coating your hands with butter is REALLY important when forming the popcorn balls, otherwise it will just stick like crazy to your hands and make a total mess. 

Once all the popcorn balls are formed, you can add the stick into the center of the ball to make it a lollipop! I usually use sucker or popsicle sticks, but I was out of both, so I used the thicker craft sticks.  I wouldn’t recommend it–they were too thick, and caused the popcorn ball to divide much too easily.  I’ve never had a problem with the other two, so I would definitely stick to those. 

After your lollipops are made, you’re ready to dip them into melted white chocolate, and then add patriotic sprinkles.  Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve!

These can be adapted to any holiday (we love doing them at Halloween), and they’re also perfect for birthday parties. Customize them with whatever color sprinkles you like! Popcorn Lollipops!! LOVE!!!

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Popcorn Lollipops
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8
  • 1-10 oz. package mini marshmallows
  • 4 T. butter
  • 16 cups popped popcorn (I use air-popped)
  • 1 package white chocolate chips
  • sprinkles--color of choice
  • lollipop/popsicle sticks
  1. Place the popped popcorn in an extra large bowl, with plenty of room to stir. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the marshmallows, and stir constantly until smooth. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn, and use a wooden spoon to completely cover the popcorn.
  2. Let the mixture sit for about 5-10 minutes, to let the marshmallow cool--but not harden. Coat your hands with butter, then form the popcorn mixture into balls. Place them on a piece of wax paper that has also been rubbed with a little butter. Don't use cooking spray--it leaves a yucky taste on the popcorn.
  3. Once all the popcorn balls are formed, push the popsicle/sucker sticks into the center of each ball. Melt the white chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, stir, then another 15-30 seconds and stir until smooth. Dip the top half of the popcorn balls into the white chocolate, then immediately add the sprinkles. Refrigerate until time to serve. Makes 6-8 popcorn balls, depending on size. (and how much you eat while you're making them ☺)


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About Simply Kierste

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

19 thoughts on “Patriotic Popcorn Lollipops

    1. My boys are also turning 4 soon! Such a fun age!! I think he would love these–my boys do! xoxo

  1. Can you please adopt me? lol You have the best projects!! :) <3 By the way – launched a new site – would love for you to stop by. I'll be featuring one of your project later on this week too!!

  2. This is so super cute! I’ve never made popcorn balls of any kind, but I made these today. I skipped the stick & served them in cupcake wrappers .. a huge hit! :D

    1. Cupcake wrappers are a great idea—thanks so much for sharing!!! Glad everyone loved the popcorn balls! :)

  3. I tried making these using the sticks, but at soon as I put the sticks in and stood them up (used styrofoam to keep them standing) they all fell apart. I ended up putting them in cupcake wrappers. Now my question to you is, why would they come apart? I followed your recipe.

    Also, when you yourself make these, what do you do with them once they’re prepared … Lay them down or stand them up?

    P.S. They were so good and my kids loved them!

    1. I’m so sorry that happened! Was the mixture cool enough when you started forming balls? If it’s warm at all, then they won’t stick together. I’m also wondering if a difference in altitude could be to blame. Just a guess–but I’m trying to figure it out! I lay them down, and put them in the fridge to harden, so that usually helps too. You could also try skinnier sticks–like lollipop sticks. Let me know if you try it again, and what happens!!! xo

  4. Yes, in hindsight I think it may have been too warm. I probably should have waited a bit longer. I will definitely try them again as they were a huge hit at my son’s birthday party. Thanks for your feedback! When I make them again I’ll be sure to comment here and let you know the outcome.

  5. Hi, very cute, I’m thinking about letting the residents make them for Memorial Day project at a senior facility, can you tell me what size bag of white chips to use regular bag or the large bag.

    1. We made these for a food craft project at our senior facility, Very tasty and fun to make.
      Thanks for the great idea.

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