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Hot Cocoa Popcorn Balls

For these wintery treats, all you need is a microwave

If you’re looking for a new way to get the satisfyingly sweet taste of hot cocoa into your diet this winter, why not try making it into an easy snack? These popcorn balls require only the use of a microwave, so they’re as easy to make as they are fun to eat.

This recipe is courtesy of Orville Redenbacher’s.


  • 1/2 Cup popcorn kernels, preferably Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn
  • 5 Cups miniature marshmallows, divided
  • 8 Tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 Cup hot cocoa mix, divided
  • 1 Cup marshmallow bits, divided


Spray large bowl, rubber spatula, and piece of waxed paper with cooking spray; set aside.

Pop kernel corn according to package directions. Remove all unpopped kernels and place half of popped corn (about 8 cups) in bowl.

In microwave-safe bowl, microwave 2 ½ cups marshmallows and 3 tablespoons butter on high for 25 seconds.

Stir in 1/4 cup hot cocoa mix and 1 tablespoon more butter.

Microwave on high 25 seconds more. Stir vigorously to combine.

In bowl, pour marshmallow mixture over popped corn. Toss with rubber spatula to coat.

Add 1/2 cup marshmallow bits and stir to combine.

Divide mixture and shape into 6 balls.

Place on waxed paper.

Repeat above steps with remaining popped corn, marshmallows, butter, hot cocoa mix, and marshmallow bits.