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Champagne Popcorn Balls

Delight your family and friends with these sweet and tasty Champagne Popcorn Balls! A unique twist on a classic snack, each ball is made with real popcorn kernels, buttery goodness, and a splash of bubbly for an added kick (just to name a few ingredients).

Perfect for any get-together or celebration, the champagne flavor adds an extra layer of depth to the savory taste that will have everyone reaching for seconds - and thirds! Buttery and irresistibly delicious, they're guaranteed to be a hit no matter what the occasion.

It’s New Year’s Eve and you want to celebrate in style. You could go out and buy some festive treats, but why not make something special yourself?

These champagne popcorn balls are the perfect way to add a little sparkle to your New Year's celebration. Plus, they come together in under an hour. Let’s get popping! 

Few popcorn bowls covered with gold glitter and champagne in front of a happy new year sign.

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💛 Why You'll Love These Popcorn Balls

  • Fun and festive
  • Quick to make - ready in just over 45 minutes
  • An adult twist on a classic treat
  • Easy to scale the recipe if you're making a lot to entertain a crowd
  • Cute snack to enjoy while sipping on other alcoholic beverages

🿠Ingredients Needed

  • Popcorn
  • Champagne
  • Light Corn Syrup 
  • Large Marshmallows 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Butter
  • Gold Edible Glitter -- this is the kind that we used
  • Gold Sanding Sugar-- this is the sanding sugar that we like to use
Ingredients needed to make champagne popcorn balls.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Large Bowl

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Measuring Cups and Spoons

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Sauce Pan

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Spatula

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Shortening or Non Stick Baking Spray 

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Parchment Paper

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Baking Sheet or Tray

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Mason Jars for Storing and Serving

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How to Make Champagne Popcorn Balls

  1. In a large bowl, place popcorn in and set to the side.
  2. In a large pot, add butter, champagne, light corn syrup, marshmallows and powdered sugar and put over medium heat on the stove.
  3. Use a spatula to slowly stir the mixture until it is boiling and well combined. This typically takes about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove melted marshmallow mixture and add in some of the gold edible glitter and stir using your spatula.
  5. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and mix with spatula. Use the spatula or large spoon to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.
  6. Add sanding sugar and more edible glitter to the mix and mix with the spatula before letting it cool for a few minutes.
  7. Using gloves, or spray your clean hands with some nonstick baking spray or rub on some shortening we will no form the ball shape of the popcorn balls.
  8. Gather some popcorn with your hands and roll into a ball. Once shaped, place on some parchment paper.
  9. Repeat the process until all balls have been made.
  10. Let them cool in a dry place to solidify for about 5 minutes.
  11. Add more glitter or sanding sugar if desired.
  12. Serve or store and enjoy.
The first couple steps of how to make champagne popcorn New Year's Eve balls.
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Storage

Popcorn balls should be stored at room temperature for up to 2 daus. They'll start to get stale and may lose flavor if you try to keep them any longer than that.

If you're making these earlier in the day, you can wrap the balls tightly with plastic wrap to keep them as fresh as possible for as long as possible. You can also place them in an airtight container to store them.

We do not recommend trying to freeze this treat.

A handful of champagne popcorn balls with a happy new year gold sign.

Recipe Variations

Change the color for different holidays. We made these popcorn balls with the intention of serving them for the New Year's Eve holiday- where gold is a popular decoration color to use. But you can serve these up any time of the year, so feel free to change the color up to match other holiday themes.

Use flavored popcorn. You can use plain popcorn, butter popcorn or even caramel corn to really bring some tasty flavors to these treats.

Add some melting chocolate. You can use any chocolate melting wafers, or even premium belgian white chocolate to coat these popcorn balls in.

Pop of flavor. Add some vanilla extract to bring another pop of flavor to the popcorn mixture.

A jar of homemade champagne popcorn balls for New Year's Eve.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make these safe for kids by using sparkling cider instead of champagne and they'll still be delicious.
  • These won't feel sticky if they dry all the way.
  • Use other flavored popcorn if desired.
  • Change the color of the glitter and sanding sugar to match other themes.
  • Store these properly so they last longer.

That's all there is to making these fun champagne popcorn balls! They're perfect for any New Year's Eve celebration — just pop them onto platters alongside some other festive snacks for everyone to enjoy!

Plus, you can customize them with whatever type of edible sparkling coating you like best — from edible glitter, to sanding sugar, or even sprinkles — these champagne popcorn balls look beautiful no matter what type of topping you choose! So get ready for some serious celebrating this New Year's Eve — cheers!

Looking down on a few champagne popcorn gold balls with a happy new year sign.

More New Year's Eve Treats (all coming soon)

  • Champagne Cake Jars (with White Chocolate)
  • Champagne Jello Shots
  • Champagne Grapes
  • Gold Painted Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Gold NYE Pretzel Rods
Champagne popcorn balls in a mason jar with a happy new year sign.

Champagne Popcorn Balls

Make your New Year's Eve party extra special with these fun, festive Champagne Popcorn Balls that are infused with bubbly for an added kick.
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Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Champagne Popcorn Balls
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 11 servings
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 cups Popcorn
  • 3 ½ Tablespoons Champagne
  • 6 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
  • 5-6 Large Marshmallows
  • cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • Gold Edible Glitter
  • Gold Sanding Sugar

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, place popcorn in and set to the side.
  • In a large pot, add butter, champagne, light corn syrup, marshmallows and powdered sugar and put over medium heat on the stove.
  • Use a spatula to slowly stir the mixture until it is boiling and well combined. This typically takes about 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove melted marshmallow mixture and add in some of the gold edible glitter and stir using your spatula.
  • Pour the mixture over the popcorn and mix with spatula. Use the spatula or large spoon to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.
  • Add sanding sugar and more edible glitter to the mix and mix with the spatula before letting it cool for a few minutes.
  • Using gloves, or spray your clean hands with some nonstick baking spray or rub on some shortening we will no form the ball shape of the popcorn balls.
  • Gather some popcorn with your hands and roll into a ball. Once shaped, place on some parchment paper.
  • Repeat the process until all balls have been made.
  • Let them cool in a dry place to solidify for about 5 minutes.
  • Add more glitter or sanding sugar if desired.
  • Serve or store and enjoy.

Notes

  • Make these safe for kids by using sparkling cider instead of champagne and they'll still be delicious.
  • These won't feel sticky if they dry all the way.
  • Use other flavored popcorn if desired.
  • Change the color of the glitter and sanding sugar to match other themes.
  • Store these properly so they last longer.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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