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Jello Popcorn

Jello Popcorn

Jello in popcorn? You only need 4 simple ingredients for this fun snack! Jello popcorn is our family’s latest obsession and you can use any flavor Jello you like best!

I was totally and completely obsessed with Jello growing up and this would have been one more amazing way for me to enjoy it but the truth is, I just learned about it a few months ago. Our neighbors, Rod and Tawya, totally hooked us up with a batch one weekend and I’ve been utterly obsessed ever since. 

a photo of a red jello popcorn ball being pulled apart by someone's hands

I honestly can’t even explain this treat to you. It’s better than caramel popcorn IMHO, and it’s also easier than caramel popcorn so it’s a huge win at our house. The kids love how bright and gooey it is and it has started all sorts of kid conversations about what else we should take from classic to new and wild.

So far Claire has requested Muddy Buddies Rice Krispies Treats. 

Thoughts? Should we try it out?

Ingredients for Jello Popcorn

I mentioned that you only need 4 ingredients for this recipe. So simple! Here they are:

  • Jello (3oz)
  • Butter (unsalted)
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Popcorn

Do you have them in the pantry already?? I’ve started to just buy mini mallows every time I grocery shop. The measurements for each can be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

a photo of a serving bowl full of bright red jello popcorn balls.

How to Make Jello Popcorn

You know those kind of snacks that are addicting but also super easy? Those snacks are so dangerous! This is one of those recipes.

  1. Pop the popcorn and remove the unpopped kernels.
  2. Put the popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. Place the butter and marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and cook for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until the marshmallows have melted and everything is smooth.
  4. Add the Jello to the marshmallow mixture and stir well.
    • PRO TIP: Use the Jello powder. Do not mix the powder with water first.
  5. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and gently stir everything together until well coated.
  6. Cool on a cookie sheet.
    • PRO TIP: If you are making popcorn balls, put some oil on your hands and shape the popcorn. The oil keeps the popcorn from sticking all over your hands.

Can You Substitute Large Marshmallows For Mini Marshmallows?

Yes, a 10 oz. package of marshmallows, (around 40) is equal to 4 cups (or 8 oz.) of mini marshmallows.

Melting larger marshmallows will take longer.



How to Remove Unpopped Kernels

Place a cooling rack with smaller holes over the top of the bowl of popcorn. Holding the cooling to the top of the bowl, tip the bowl over and shake the bowl over a cookie sheet. All the unpopped kernels will work their way down and out of the bowl and onto the cookie sheet.

Jello Popcorn Ideas

The options for fun jello popcorn ideas are endless. My kids want to make a new batch every single day! Here are a few ideas:

  • Pink or blue for a baby shower
  • Green for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Red, white (no Jello powder added) and blue for 4th of July
  • Orange and purple for Halloween
  • Red and green for Christmas
  • Lots of bright colors for a birthday party

Let your imagination and taste buds run wild! We haven’t come across a flavor we don’t like yet. My son’s favorite is the blue raspberry! The photos show classic strawberry. They are all so addicting!

How Long Will Popped Popcorn Keep?

Store popped popcorn in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Get ready for a new addicting snack recipe that people of all ages can’t resist! Jello popcorn is super easy to make and will satisfy that sweet tooth. And they are so bright and fun!


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a photo of a red jello popcorn ball being pulled apart by someone's hands

Jello Popcorn

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword jello, marshmallow popcorn, party snacks, popcorn
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 381kcal
Author Sweet Basil


  • 3 oz Jello any flavor
  • 1/4 Cup Butter unsalted
  • 16 oz. Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 Bag Popcorn microwaveable, or 1 cup kernals


  • Pop the popcorn and remove all unpopped kernels.
  • Place popcorn in a large bowl.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, heat up the butter and marshmallows for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until smooth.
  • Add Jello and stir well. (from box, don't mix with water)
  • Pour over popcorn and stir.
  • If creating popcorn balls, add oil to your hands and shape into balls.
  • Cool on a cookie sheet.


This popcorn will keep for a few days in an airtight container.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg


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