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Need a Fun, Filling, On-the-Go Snack? Try These!


Popcorn can be messy to eat on the go, but with the right mix-ins you can make popcorn pops that hold together well and minimize mess. They’re great fun for you and your girl to make together. Plus, they’re sturdy enough to pack and take with you when your family is on the move. Pop them in your bag and pop out the door! 

Tip: make these popcorn pops in advance so they have time to set up firm. When stored in an airtight container or wrapped with plastic wrap, popcorn pops will stay fresh for 3 days.


You will need

  • 3 tablespoons butter (plus more for your hands)
  • 10-oz package of mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups plain, popped popcorn
  • wax paper
  • assorted mix-ins (optional)
  • food coloring (optional)
  • frosting and assorted candies for decorating (optional)


1. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat. Add a 10-ounce package of miniature marshmallows, and stir constantly to melt. Remove from heat.

2. Add 6 cups popped popcorn and, if desired, the mix-ins of your choice (suggestions below). Stir with a large spoon to coat popcorn and mix-ins with marshmallow mixture.

3. Working quickly, once the mixture is cool enough to touch, butter your hands and form mixture into desired shapes. Flatten slightly on wax paper. Insert popsicle sticks into shapes while mixture is still sticky, then let the pops lie flat on the wax paper until the popcorn hardens.

4. Once set, wrap the pops with wax paper and secure with a tie or small rubber band around the stick.

Marvelous Mix-Ins

Marvelous Mix-Ins:

Nutty & Nice:

Toast ½ cup slivered almonds and ½ cup coconut flakes over medium-high heat until lightly golden. Add to the marshmallow mix when you add the popcorn.

Sweetly Spiced:

Add ½ cup raisins, 1 cup peanuts, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon to the marshmallow mixture along with the popcorn.

Colorful Confetti:

Coarsely chop 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries with a butter knife. Mix fruit with 1 cup fruit-flavored breakfast cereal, and add along with the popcorn to the marshmallow mixture.

Make it a bouquet!

Flower shapes make for pretty pops, and you can decorate them, too, if you’d like. Here’s how to make a few simple flower shapes..


Shape a large center ball. Stick smaller balls around the large ball to make petals. Press flower flat. Add frosting to center, then press decorative candies, like gumdrops, to form the flower’s center.


Before adding popcorn, tint marshmallow mixture with food coloring. Roll popcorn mixture into three 4-inch-long ropes about 1 inch thick. Pinch one end of each rope to form a point, then bring the other ends together and press them flat, working two-thirds of the way up the flower base. Top with sprinkles, if desired.


Shape a 3-inch ball, then flatten it on the wax paper. For seeds, fill center with frosting, then cover it with brown jelly beans or chocolate chips. Cut petals from yellow fruit leather or dried apricots. Attach with frosting.


Want more great travel-worthy snack ideas? 
Check out American Girl magazine!


Adapted from The Mix-It-Up Cookbook, Trula Magruder and Michelle Watkins, Editors, 2003. © 2003, 2018 American Girl.  All American Girl marks are trademarks of American Girl.


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