These Popcorn Eggs make tasty Easter treats! An adorable Easter gift, these popcorn Easter eggs are sweet Easter treats for kids to make and share with friends and family. Think of them as egg-shaped popcorn balls, with hidden candies tucked inside. On the plus side, you can make these popcorn eggs any Easter color you like. They’re not only nice to look at, but they’re tasty too.
We like to use jelly beans as the candy in these popcorn balls, because they hold up well with the melted marshmallow and don’t melt. If you prefer a different candy mix for your Easter popcorn, mix in colorful M&Ms or other candied covered chocolates. Want to add more color to your popcorn eggs? Toss on some colorful cookie or cake sprinkles after the eggs are shaped.
One of the reasons we like this recipe is that it’s good for kids to make without creating a huge mess in your kitchen. This kid friendly Easter popcorn recipe uses the microwave for cooking, so older kids can handle the recipe by themselves (with adult supervision, of course). Little ones won’t be left out, because they can take part in shaping these Easter popcorn treats. A fun and interesting Easter snack to add to any Easter gift basket!Print
Popped popcorn – 10 cups
Jelly beans – 1 cup
Butter, salted – 1/4 cup, plus extra for lightly greasing your hands
Sea salt, fine – 3 pinches
Mini marshmallows – 10 to 11 oz
Gelatin, blueberry, strawberry and lemon flavored – 1 to 2 oz each flavor
Non-stick cooking spray
FIRST, POP YOUR CORN
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat, spray with non-stick cooking spray. Then get a rubber spatula and spray it with non-stick cooking spray and set both the spatula and tray aside.
You can use an air popper or microwave popped popcorn, if you like. If you want to pop on the stovetop, get a large saucepan with a lid. Pour enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and add four popcorn kernels. Cover the pan and place over medium heat.
When the kernels pop, VERY CAREFULLY (because that oil is blazingly hot and can burn you!) add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels and re-cover the pan.
Shaking the pan constantly to ensure that the kernels don’t burn, while the popcorn pops. As the pops slow to 3 to 5 seconds apart, remove the pot from heat.
SECOND, PREP YOUR POPCORN
Pour your popped popcorn onto a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet. Spread it out and remove any unpopped kernels. Evenly sprinkle a couple pinches salt over the hot popcorn and allow popcorn to cool. Once the popcorn is cool, put the popcorn into a big bowl and set aside.
Take your popped popcorn and divide it into three bowls, then add the jelly beans evenly into the three bowls.
THIRD, MAKE YOUR MARSHMALLOW MIX FOR YOUR EGGS
This next step needs to happen pretty quickly, because the marshmallow mixture can firm up fast. Divide your mini marshmallows into three microwave-safe bowls, then divide the butter evenly between the three bowls. (The butter will be 1 T + 1 teaspoon per bowl.) Add 1 pinch of salt into each bowl.
Microwave one of the bowls high for 2 minutes or until the marshmallows are puffed and the butter is melted. Quickly stir in the blueberry gelatin, and pour this marshmallow mixture over one of the bowls of popcorn and jelly beans.
Mix everything gently until the popcorn and jelly beans are coated. Lightly grease your hands and shape the mixture into 2-inch egg shapes. Set the popcorn eggs onto the baking tray to cool and firm.
Repeat this process two more times – once for the strawberry flavored gelatin and again for the lemon flavored gelatin. Cool completely before serving.
Thanks to the Popcorn Board for the recipe.
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Want a cocktail to pair with this? Make a batch of Dell Cove® Marshmallow Peep Easter Martini cocktail recipe, which you can find here.