Are you a popcorn ball lover? I never had them as a kid, but I have changed my ways. This recipe combines butterscotch and peanut butter to create the ultimate treat! Popcorn balls never looked so good! Plus, they are easy and done in 10 minutes. 

peanut butter butterscotch popcorn ball

My daughter Valentine is about a year and a half old, and uses a few words to communicate: Mama, Dada, thank you, cookie, pizza, and bite. As in, “give me a bite of that right now,” usually asked when I am eating a dessert.

I just want you to know that Charlotte, my oldest, didn’t taste sugar until she was like 2 years old. When my second son, Truman, was a baby, my cousin gave him a bite of ice cream, and I freaked out as if she had let him hold a snake or something. (Sorry about that again, Lani.)

several popcorn balls with peanut butter

Third baby problems are legit, guys. You can’t just give your other kids candy in their Easter baskets and expect the baby not to notice. She’s a little scavenger. She knows what the good stuff is…that’s why I hid these popcorn balls from her.

butterscotch popcorn ball

I can’t think of popcorn balls without thinking of this iconic song from when I was kid at church, do you know it?

I looked out the window and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!
Spring had brought me such a nice surprise,
Blossoms popping right before my eyes.

I could take an armful and make a treat,
a popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.
It wasn’t really so, but it seemed to be
popcorn popping on the apricot tree!

peanut butter popcorn ball

I’ve been singing this song since I was a toddler, and I never understood it until I was at least 11 or 12. Imagine my surprise to learn that the song actually made sense, and wasn’t just total nonsense. It’s kind of like watching Bambi the first time as an adult and you realize what actually happens. Ah, childhood experiences!

how to make popcorn balls

how to make popcorn balls in the microwave

My mom was visiting one day and randomly brought a bag of pre popped popcorn to my house. Then my sister called later and told me about these amazing popcorn balls she had just created…it was fate. I had all the ingredients and made it in just a couple minutes. Then I ate all of them. (Just kidding. I split half with Valentine.)

stack of marshmallow popcorn balls

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One year ago: Hot Cross Buns
Two years ago: Tropical Mango Coconut Granola
Six years ago: Balsamic Browned Butter Asparagus << still one of my favorite asparagus recipes!

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Popcorn Balls

Yields 18-20     adjust servings

Are you a popcorn ball lover? I never had them as a kid, but I have changed my ways. This recipe combines butterscotch and peanut butter (yup that's butter 3x) to create the ultimate treat! Popcorn balls never looked so good!


  • 1 and 1/4 cups butterscotch chips
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups big marshmallows (not quite 16 ounces)
  • 12 cups popped popcorn (I used a 6 oz bag)


  1. In a very large microwaveable bowl, add butterscotch chips, butter, and peanut butter.
  2. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until most of the lumps are gone.
  3. Add the marshmallows and stir. Microwave again for about 30 seconds, then stir until smooth. It will have a fudge-like consistency. (Depending on how powerful your microwave is, you may need to put it in again. You just want to microwave it the minimum amount to get it smooth.) 
  4. Moving quickly, add the popcorn to the bowl, if it will fit. Alternatively you can spread the popcorn on a sheet pan and pour the mixture over the top. The mixture is very thick, and will start to harden as it cools, so work as fast as you can! I think I ended up using my hands to get it to come together in the bowl. 
  5. Shape the popcorn into balls and place on wax paper. I made them into balls about the size of my fist, but you can make them as large or as small as you want. 
  6. Let popcorn balls cool. Eat!


If you make this recipe, share it on Instagram using the hashtag #TheFoodCharlatan so I can see it!

Other fun treats you will love this spring!

10 Minute Caramel Popcorn in the Microwave << for real. 10 minutes.

Caramel Corn


Butterscotch Peanut Butter Wheaties Treats << my mom made these ALL THE TIME growing up. It was the inspiration for this recipe! They may not look like much, but I’m telling you.

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Sticky Sweet and Salty Chex Mix (Christmas Crack) << this stuff is addictive!

Sticky Sweet-and-Salty Chex Mix (Christmas Crack) from The Food Charlatan


Other sweet popcorn treats that you will love from other amazing bloggers!

Peanut Butter and Marshmallow Popcorn Balls from Brown Eyed Baker
Patriotic Popcorn Pops from Cookie Rookie
Marshmallow Popcorn Balls from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Peanut Butter Popcorn Cake from The Baker Mama <<I’ve never even thought of doing a cake! So fun!