Funfetti Popcorn Balls and Pillow Forts- Family Night!

Thank you to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try building a pillow fort! #PopSecretForts

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This Momma does not like snow days. They make me all crazy-like. Everything is off around our household when it is freezing outside. We are all standing around, pent up, looking for things to do. Not this time. Pop Secret  and fort making to the rescue!

Popcorn. Check.

Marshmallows. Check.

Butter. Check.

Sprinkles. Check.

Anna and Elsa dolls. Check. (These dolls go everywhere).

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Boom. Funfetti Popcorn Balls are born. Think rice crispy treats, but bigger, a little chewier, and REALLY fantastic (especially if you are a popcorn lover, as I am.) I used Pop-Secret Homestyle popcorn and it was perfect- not too sweet or buttery so I could add the flavor I wanted.

So we went to work making these little fist-sized balls of heaven. And they came out really good. I am going to give you the recipe at the bottom.

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But we can’t just sit around eat sugar all night?! Hey, remember the good ole’ days when we used to build forts out of everything possible? I had to teach my daughter the fun of a fort. She is all into hide and seek, so I knew she would be obsessed.

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We played all night. Hide-and-seek, doctor fixing boo-boo’s, and read books in the fort. We even fell asleep there.

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The next day, the fort was still up.

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I couldn’t get that little girl to stop running around like a mad woman in the couch! It was so much fun. I need to do this more often. Find free and fun things to make our house a complete imagination play-zone.

Even my husband was impressed I could throw together such a great fort!

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For a fantastic pillow fort:

Materials

Broom

Sheets (2)

Couch

Pillows (as many as possible!)

Chairs (2)

Blankets

Stick a broom in the center of the couch, handle down, stuck in the seat cushions. Use pillows to lean against the weight of the broom, so the broom is behind couch cushions yet sticking out and up a bit. This will be the center of your fort.

Prop up two large couch cushions vertically. Take one corner of a fitted sheet and place around cushion. Tuck behind broom. Then place the other side around the opposite couch cushion. The sheet should create a small fort.

Drape another sheet over the fort. Place a chair on each end of the couch, and tie the sheet to the chair, creating a fantastic sheet-fort.

Stuff the couch inside with many pillows, add blankets to the floor, lots of games and dolls, and body pillows. Bring out the popcorn and movies and books and have fun!

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Funfetti Popcorn Balls

Makes about 10-12 balls

1 bag Pop-Secret Homestyle Popcorn

1/4 cup butter

3 mini cups marshmallows

1 small jar sprinkles

Cooking Spray

1. Cook the popcorn according to directions and your microwave. Try not to burn it!

2. Remove all the unpopped kernels as best as possible. Put popcorn in a large bowl.

3. In a small saucepan, heat the butter on low until melted.

4. Stir in the marshmallows on low heat until combined.

5. Add butter and marshmallow mixture to bowl with popcorn and stir until well combined.

6. Add sprinkles, stirring until evenly distributed.

7. Spray your hands with cooking spray, and form small balls out of popcorn mixture.

Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Joyce Duboise says

    Well this is just a fabulous idea. Can I please hang at your place? What a cool idea to build forts and eat homemade popcorn balls. It sounds delicious and easy to make. Awesome idea!

  2. Carra D says

    Oh how fun and easy for a movie night. Loving the fort! Wish my friends kids weren’t getting so big, I miss when they were little.

    • Tiffany Cutcliff says

      I know, I don’t want her to grow up! (Selfishly…). I bet you get to do other fun things with your kids, though!

  3. Chelsee says

    Omgsh this is the cutest idea ever! She looked like she loved the popcorn balls and her little tent! I loved doing this when I was little too. I will have to try the popcorn balls for sure!

  4. Christine Rosko says

    This is adorable. I want to be five with Frozen dolls and popcorn balls. Where was that when I was a kid?

  5. Vicki W says

    This is such a cute, sweet little treat! I will have to try these out for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party! I will never forget our tent making days and my mom’s face when she found that I nailed…yes, nailed her sheet into the floor LOL…..

  6. Sharon Ulery Ruggieri says

    I love these! Yummy…gotta make some. And we totally build the forts around here all the time. Oh, and my daughter has to bring her Anna and Elsa dolls in them too 🙂

  7. Lisa @bitesforbabies says

    This is one of those quintessential kid snacks, lol! Chewy, crunchy, and colourful! Looks like it was a hit!

  8. Fiona Naughton says

    Seriously yum! I have to have a go at making these this weekend, they look delicious! Pinning for later 🙂

  9. says

    I cannot believe that in all the sweet treats I’ve made, I have not tried to play around with popcorn balls. I think a long time ago, I tried to make caramel corn balls (unsuccessfully). OMGoodness, I want one of those popcorn balls.

    • Tiffany Cutcliff says

      Oh caramel corn balls sound amazing! I have had so many let downs with desserts, too. This was pretty easy since it was popcorn and marshmallow and butter is like glue!

  10. CourtneyLynne says

    Omg not only do these look delicious but it looks like y’all had a fun time!!!! I need to do this with my princess ❤

  11. April Mims says

    I’m not a fan of snow days either but you made the best of it. The popcorn balls look delicious and the perfect snack to eat in a fort.

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