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I love everything popcorn. Caramel corn, cheddar corn, kettle corn and especially popcorn balls.

I’ve been making this recipe for quite a few years. It’s very easy. It’s basically the same technique you follow when making Rice Krispies treats, but you use popcorn and your favorite mix-ins.

Every Christmas, I mix in white chocolate chips and craisins for their beautiful red color, but I encourage you to be creative.

It’s hard to double this recipe because it becomes difficult to stir three bags of popcorn at once, so I always make this batch twice, eventually using 3 bags of popcorn and the entire bag of chocolate chips and craisins. Enjoy.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Popcorn Balls

Servings: 20 -24 balls


  • 1 1/2 bags microwave kettle corn
  • ½ stick butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ bag white chocolate chips
  • ½ bag craisins


  • kernels removed from popped popcorn.
  • Pop the popcorn in the microwave. Separate the popped corn into a large bowl, removing all the unpopped kernels.
    butter melting.
  • Melt the butter in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • Add the marshmallows and brown sugar and stir until all the marshmallows have melted.
    pot of popcorn ball mixture.
  • Add the popcorn to the pot. With a wooden spoon, stir until all the popcorn is coated.
  • Add the chocolate chips and craisins and continue to stir until the chips begin to melt slightly. If you think the mix is too sticky, add a little more popcorn.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
    popcorn balls on pan.
  • Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Roll the mixture into 2-inch balls. You may need to butter your hands.
    popcorn ball.
  • pile of popcorn balls.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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  1. Hey that’s my kinda breakfast 😉 … such a perfect combination and kind of a weird coincidence … I just made some cranberry white chocolate bars this morning.