Popcorn Ball “Ice Cream” Cones



Don’t you just love it when an idea actually works the way you want it to?

Obviously I have this blog and obviously I am constantly thinking of stuff to make…


And sometimes I have an idea that fails miserably.  Like adding pumpkin pie filling into rice krispie treats.

Totally gross.  Don’t try it.

Or chopping up Milky Way candy bars into a cookie and having the caramel burn all over the baking sheet.

Total smelly mess.


…or try and come up with the best brownie recipe ever and completely forget to add eggs.

Bad bad bad.


But then I have ideas like these…Popcorn Ball “Ice Cream” Cones.

Stick a buttery, marshmallowy, popcorn ball on top of a sugar cone and then step back and stand slack jawed, marveling at your fake ice cream cone-cuteness-invention wondering how your brain got so awesome.  Was that a run-on?

That happened.  Today.  For real.

And I have to say that slack-jawed awesome-staring isn’t that cute a look…I mean, in case you were wondering.

It’s one of those “feels better on the inside” faces.


Yeah I made them.

And didn’t google them.

Because I want to live in a world where I invented these.

The end,


And what’s even better is they are major simple.

Like ten minutes and you’re a popcorn ball goddess.

Just do your popcorn in the microwave…

2 bags, please.


Then pick out those pesky unpopped kernels.

Next get your sugar cones ready…which basically means, open the box.


I filled my cones with some M&Ms.  I used the festive Candy Corn flavored ones.  You totally don’t have to.


Then I melted some butter and marshmallows together.

Don’t my marshmallows look romantical?

PhotobucketPour that bad-assness on your popcorn.

And stir til you can’t stir no more.


Now move quick, people…that marshmallow gunk will cool off fast and then it’s all for nothing.  You’ve been warned.


Form your popcorn into 3″ balls.  I actually added a bit on the bottom of each to fit in the cone..I found that it helped them stick a little better.

PhotobucketNow gently press your popcorn ball onto the cone.

I said GENTLY!

Also, you might need to buy a few extra cones, you know just in case.  (I may be speaking from personal experience).

PhotobucketAnd here’s a great time to get the kids involved…have them immediately dip the cone into some sprinkles while you start the next one.

Remember, you’re moving quickly!


And it’s possible you might end up with a mess…

Again, personal experience.


And really, it would be wrong not to package these up in cute bags with ribbons and love, wouldn’t it?


And then ask your orange sweatband wearing kid to hold it so you can take a picture.  Like a boss.


Popcorn Ball “Ice Cream” Cones
Makes 12 cones
  • 2 (2.75 oz) bags buttered microwave popcorn, popped
  • 8 cups mini marshmallows
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 12 sugar cones
  • optional ~ sprinkles and M&Ms
  1. Pop popcorn according to package directions. Pour in a large bowl and remove any unpopped kernels.
  2. If you are filling your cones with M&Ms do this now and set aside.
  3. Also, if you are garnishing with sprinkles, it's easiest to pour the sprinkles into a bowl so you can dip your popcorn ball into them. Do that now, and set aside.
  4. In a large sauce pan melt butter over low heat. When melted add in marshmallows and stir until melted.
  5. Pour over popcorn and stir until coated completely and evenly.
  6. Immediately spray your hands lightly with cooking spray and form into 3" balls and press gently onto the cone. You need to do this gently so the cone doesn't break.
  7. As soon as the popcorn is on the cone dip in your sprinkles.
  8. Transfer to a wax paper lined counter or baking sheet to set up.
  9. Individually wrap or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Having your kids help to dip the cones in the sprinkles is a huge help and a fun way to get them involved!


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67 Comments on "Popcorn Ball “Ice Cream” Cones"


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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
October 9, 2012 7:42 am

So fun! What a great fall recipe!

October 9, 2012 8:12 am

These are SO cute!

October 9, 2012 8:16 am

Woke up and this put a huge smile on my face! Thanks for sharing

October 9, 2012 8:46 am

Such a fun treat! 🙂

October 9, 2012 8:49 am

Hello, pretty popcorn ball. Do you want to come to my house? My address is…

luv what you do
October 9, 2012 9:34 am

I tried adding pumpkin to rice krispy treats once too…it was a TOTAL disaster. These, on the other hand, look incredible!!!

Mal @ The Chic Geek
October 9, 2012 9:50 am

These are adorable, and look so incredibly tasty!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
October 9, 2012 10:10 am

These are so darn cute! It’s nice when things work out like you want them to. I’ve had more than a few really! brilliant! ideas! that end up being completely inedible.

October 9, 2012 10:34 am

SO fun! They look yummy and I bet all packaged up like that, they would sell big at a school bake sale (if your schools still have those.. ours do). Great idea!

Janell Long
Janell Long
October 9, 2012 10:35 am

Brillant!!! Love it, gonna do it!!!

Katrina @ In Katrina
October 9, 2012 10:52 am

I hate when I fail in the kitchen! I just recently three a whole pan of brownies in the trash. It was a sad sad day to be my belly.

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more
October 9, 2012 10:55 am

LOL I hate when things don’t work out, but when they do, it’s great!

October 9, 2012 11:05 am

Me ha encantado la idea de preparar estos conos tan divertidos para mis niñas, qué delicia, se lo van a a pasar bomba!!! Tienes un blog magnífico, enhorabuena!!!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel
October 9, 2012 11:12 am

Badassness for sure. These cones are majorly boss.

October 9, 2012 11:23 am

Yep. I totally get the “I’m not even going to google this, because I want to be the only genius who thought of this” thing. I hate googling and discovering that I’m not as awesome as I originally thought.

Love these. You so smart.

Emily @ Life on Food
October 9, 2012 12:36 pm

Such a clever idea!

Averie @ Averie Cooks
October 9, 2012 1:05 pm

fun idea to make the balls with marshmallow rather than a caramely/corn syrup mixture. As much as I like caramel, I love the idea of marshmallows to glue them together!

Jen @ Jen
October 9, 2012 1:07 pm

SO cute!! I can think of about 10 reasons to make this.

October 9, 2012 2:14 pm

totally cute idea! i will tell the world that YOU invented it. because you did.

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies
October 9, 2012 2:22 pm

Such an adorable idea, Shelly! On the milky ways – did you freeze them first? It’s key!

Brian @ A Thought For Food
October 9, 2012 2:27 pm

So cool… is it sad that I kind of want one? 🙂

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
October 9, 2012 2:28 pm

These are SOOOO cool! Thanks for the head-up about pumpkin in rice krispie treats– I was thinking about doing it tonight 🙂 seriously.

October 9, 2012 2:31 pm

Adorable!!!! ……..Love your ideas!

October 9, 2012 2:31 pm

Oh wow, how cute are these!! I love that you put treats down into the cone…..like a treasure. My bubs are gonna love them. I tried the pumpkin crispy treats as well……finally got them right, but was not such a fun process. The Rice Crispy company probably loves me though!! I don’t handle mess ups to well. Thanks for sharing your awesomness!!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
October 9, 2012 2:36 pm

You are brilliant!! Great invention 🙂

Christina @ Oven Adventures
October 9, 2012 3:38 pm

so cute and perfect and totally genius stuffing the cone with candy.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

What a cute idea! Would be great as party favors for a kids Halloween party. Love the sweat band!

October 9, 2012 4:23 pm

SO creative and I love the M&M’s inside the cones!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
October 9, 2012 5:06 pm

Sooo fun! My girls would be all over these!

Cher @ Weddicted
October 9, 2012 7:29 pm

What a great gift – I think I might try this with rice crispies! Thanks for sharing.

Julie @ Table for Two
October 9, 2012 8:51 pm

these are seriously the cutest and most genius things, ever! i love it!! great involvement with the kids – sprinkles everywhere! haha

October 9, 2012 9:08 pm

Umm hello cutest idea ever! I’ve had quite a few total disasters in my kitchen as well….but I’m not sure any of my successes have come out as adorable as these!

Kathy - Panini Happy
October 9, 2012 9:36 pm

These are SO cute, Shelly!! I love that you filled the cones with candy too. What a treat!

October 10, 2012 12:48 am

sooooooo yummyyyy ????

October 10, 2012 7:00 am

I saw these earlier on Pinterest and thought they were adorable. What a great idea!

October 10, 2012 1:38 pm

This is definitely a super cute and fun idea! 😀 YAY for ideas that work out!

Carlas Confections
October 10, 2012 7:05 pm

So adorable! Wish I would have come up with this cute idea 😉

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust
October 10, 2012 9:45 pm

What an awesome idea!!!

October 11, 2012 3:52 am

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Kim Bee
October 11, 2012 9:26 am

Totally adorable. And a genius idea. Never google, it just ruins your mojo! Love your sense of humour.

Russell van Kraayenburg
October 11, 2012 1:17 pm

Such a cute idea! I love it.

October 11, 2012 1:20 pm

What a genius idea! For those that want ‘ice cream’ in the winter when it’s below freezing outside. Or for any other time!


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October 12, 2012 12:45 pm

I have a major popcorn addiction – and these are totally cute!! And I love that you didn’t google them. 🙂

October 12, 2012 4:12 pm

This is the cutest idea!

October 12, 2012 5:49 pm

Cutest idea ever!!! Romantical is my favorite word from the Flav Show. 🙂

October 25, 2012 2:11 pm

Oh man my wife is an absolute marshmallow fanatic, she’ll love it.