Atomic Popcorn Balls



 Interesting Facts About Popcorn

The oldest ears of corn were found in the Bat Caves in western central Mexico. 

In 1885, the American Charles Cretors invented the popcorn machine.

Popcorn kernels can pop up to 3 feet in the air.

The world’s largest popcorn ball, as measured by th Guiness Book of World Records is 12 feet in diameter, containing 2,000 pounds of popcorn, 40,000 pounds of sugar, 280 gallons of corn syrup, and 400 gallons of water.

Popcorn is low in calories as compared to other snacks. A cup of air-popped popcorn would have 31 calories and a cup of oil-popped only 55 per cup.

The largest popcorn festival is the Marion Popcorn Festival.

January 30th is National Popcorn Day in US.

Popcorn has more protein than any other cereal grain.

Popcorn has more iron than eggs, peanuts, spinach, or roast beef!

Researches has proven that the ancestors of most Native American tribes enjoyed popcorn even before the birth of Christ.

Popcorn needs between 13.5-14% moisture to pop.

In the 1920s popcorn was banned at most movie theaters because it was considered too noisy!

Atomic Popcorn Balls a molecular experiment:

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


Equipment Needed:

cookie sheet any size

medium sauce pan

wooden spoon

two large mixing bowls




3 Tablespoons of butter(1 Tablespoon will be used to grease your cookie sheet)

2 cups mini marshmallows

1/2 cup light corn syrup

few drops of 2 food coloring( your choice of colors)

6 heaping cups of popped corn( remove all unpopped kernels)

Optional: 1/2 cup dried fruit again your choice



  • Grease a cookie sheet
  • Now melt the butter in the medium sauce pan
  • Add the marshmallows and light corn syrup to into butter. Stir until the marshmallows are melted.
  • Divide the marshmallow mixture into two separate large bowls. Add a few drops of food color in each of the bowls.
  • Stir in 3 heaping cups of popcorn in each of bowls (with NO unpoppred kernels) Making sure he popcorn is completely covered.
  • Allow it to cool slightly.
  • Spray your clean hands with cooking spray or run them with butter. When the popcorn is cool enough grab a handful and start to form a ball. Repeat until all the popcorn and marshmallow mixture is used up.
  • Make”molecules” by using toothpicks to secure the “atoms” together. For example to make a water molecule join to two similarly colored popcorn balls to one ball of the other color. Presto- You now have made the first solid water molecule!

atomic popcorn balls




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