Popcorn Ball “Ice Cream” Cones

A popcorn ice cream cone in a mason jar

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,

Several popcorn ball ice cream cones standing in a dish

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.

A bowl of popcorn

Then pick out those pesky unpopped kernels.

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

Upside down sugar cones on parchment paper

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

Sugar cone with M&Ms inside

Then I melted some butter and marshmallows together.

Don’t my marshmallows look romantical?

Mini marshmallows in a large glass measuring cupPour that bad-assness on your popcorn.

And stir til you can’t stir no more.

Melted marshmallow being poured over popcorn in a bowl

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.

Popcorn marshmallow mixture being formed into a ballNow 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).

A popcorn ball being pressed on top of a sugar coneAnd 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!

A popcorn ball ice cream cone being dipped in sprinkles

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

Again, personal experience.

Popcorn ball ice cream cones laying on a sheet of parchment

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

Two popcorn ball ice cream cones packaged in plastic with a ribbon

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

A hand holding a popcorn ball ice cream cone


Popcorn Ball “Ice Cream” Cones


Makes 12 cones



  • 2 (2.75 oz) bags buttered microwave popcorn, popped
  • 8 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 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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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Aug 6, 2018 5:02 am

I am drooling… Totally can’t wait to try it this weekend, will the cones stay fresh for 3 days??

Sep 24, 2015 5:36 pm

These look fabulous! Do you think the popcorn ball (by itself) would pack and be mail-able? Like across the country? I want to send a batch to my son (in the Navy) and his fiancee!! 😀

Jan 30, 2014 9:45 pm

Using the above popcorn ice cream cone looks incredible. This weekend I would like to try to make Reeses and Milkyway flavored by slowly melting over low heat the new minis and then drizzling inside the cone then on top of the popcorn ice cream ball.

Anneliese H
May 11, 2013 11:51 pm

I guess it will stick to the ice cream cone and not fall off…..oh and it doesnt get really hard even in an hour you cant bite into it….want to try these for red white and blue holidays and use red..white…and blue sprinkles.:)please let me know.

carol thacker
May 11, 2013 7:42 pm

I wonder if you could use colored marshmellows??

May 11, 2013 7:37 pm

I can’t wait to try this! Looks like fun. But even better was you made in a Tupperware fix n mix bowl. Lol

May 11, 2013 5:59 am

For an even sweeter treat, dip the rim of the cones into melted chocolate (and then into sprinkles if you like) and let them set (shouldn’t take very long) before adding the popcorn balls 😀

Dec 8, 2012 4:34 pm

I JUST this minute decided to give everyone a homemade gourmet popcorn treat as a little ‘extra’ goodie this holiday season and stumbled on this AWESOME post!!! You are a genius!!! I will save this idea for a different time… and when I do I will blog about it and give you full credit… AND let you know.

Happy popping!

Oct 31, 2012 11:02 am

Totally can’t wait to try these!

Oct 26, 2012 1:57 am

I made these for our school Halloween bake sale. Made a huge mess of the kitchen but they are so super cute! Thanks for the great idea.

Oct 26, 2012 1:33 am

I just made these for our school Halloween bake sale. I made a huge mess of my kitchen but they are so super cute!!! Thanks for the great idea.

Oct 25, 2012 2:11 pm

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

Oct 12, 2012 5:49 pm

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

Oct 12, 2012 4:12 pm

This is the cutest idea!

Oct 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. 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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