I’m not so much a football watcher as I am a football snack and treat preparer. I would rather be in the kitchen whipping up something fun than sitting in front of the screen, and seeing as football season is well under way I decided to make a few of these:

Football shaped popcorn balls
I’m not even going to pretend there is anything healthy about them, but they do combine some of our favorite things – chocolate, marshmallow and popcorn.


  • 1 package mini marshmallows
  • 6-8 cups popcorn (depending on how coated and sticky you want them to be – I used 6)
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • white icing

What else you need:

  • Large pot
  • Long-handled spoon
  • Cling wrap
  • Jolly Time Football Popcorn Baller
  • Piping bag and circular piping tip

Place your large pot on the stove over medium to low heat. Add the butter and marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add the cocoa powder and combine. Remove the pot from the heat and combine with the ready-made popcorn (don’t forget to remove the unpopped kernels.

Spray the popcorn baller with a little non-stick spray (and spray a little on your hands too). Scoop a large amount of popcorn mixture into the bottom of the popcorn baller making sure it spills over the top. Use the top part of the popcorn baller to press down over the mixture so it becomes compacted into a tight ball.

Remove your football-shaped popcorn ball and wrap it in cling wrap while you make more, this will ensure it sticks together properly and doesn’t separate.

Once you’ve made your required quantity of popcorn balls, pipe the stitching onto the top of each using your white icing, piping bag and tip. Alternatively, you can melt white chocolate to do this.

how to make football shaped popcorn balls
Note: This recipe makes 2-3 large footballs.

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1 comment

Heather - Chickabug September 26, 2013 - 7:24 am

I love the way you did the laces! So cute! : )


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