When I was a teenager, I would get these mad cravings for sweets. Since we never had junk food in the house, my go-to was to raid what was left of the marshmallow bag, melt it with some butter in the microwave, and add it to popcorn.
In 10 minutes I had a gooey, buttery, sweet snack. I never bothered making the mixture into popcorn balls. There would be no point. I was too greedy.
Now that I’m a mom and much more mature and sophisticated, I make the same stuff only I take the time to squish it into civilized popcorn balls. . . for my kids.
I’ve never seen organic marshmallows, but I do buy chemical-free ones. My favorite brand is Elyon since these marshmallows are also soy-free.
I used this recipe as the base for mine, but I used A LOT more [Earth Balance] butter, twice as much vanilla, just a pinch of salt, and some natural food dye.
Forming these Buttery Dairy-Free Marshmallow Popcorn Balls into balls can be tricky, since the chemical-free marshmallows aren’t as gooey. I found it worked best to place a blob of mixture onto wax paper, butter my hands very well, and then form sort of a dome while the ball is sitting on the counter/wax paper. They hold together great once they’re cooled.
- one 7 oz. bag Elyon brand mini marshmallows
- ½ cup Earth Balance soy-free butter
- 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 package natural food dye (optional)
- 12 heaping cups popcorn
- Combine marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and salt in a heavy saucepan and stir over medium heat until marshmallows are melted.
- Add optional food dye.
- Add popcorn and mix.
- Allow to cool slighly before forming into balls. Balls won't hold together if the mixture is hot or very warm.
- Forming these into balls can be tricky, since the chemical-free marshmallows aren't as gooey. I found it worked best to place a blob of mixture onto wax paper, butter my hands very well, and then form sort of a dome while the ball is sitting on the counter/wax paper. They hold together very well when cooled.