Maltesers popcorn balls recipe

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For quick, simple and tasty treats look no further than these chocolate covered popcorn balls...

Maltesers popcorn balls in a bowl covered in chocolate
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Preparation Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap

Make a batch of 24 in just 20 minutes then share them out, give them as a gift, or just eat them all yourself.

Simple to make and perfect for sharing, these sticky Maltesers popcorn balls have a sweet, sticky crunch. The bite of the popcorn and the crunch of the Maltesers make a great combination. Golden syrup keeps the popcorn and Maltesers sticking together.


  • 75g popcorn
  • 2tbsp groundnut oil
  • 125g butter
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g Maltesers, sliced into halves
  • 30g dark chocolate, melted




  1. Line a large tray with baking parchment.
  2. Pop the popcorn by heating a large saucepan with a little of the oil. Add about a third of the popcorn, cover and listen for the pops to start. When the popping starts to subside turn off the heat, transfer the popcorn to a bowl and repeat until all the corn is popped.
  3. Melt the butter in a pan, along with the sugar and syrup. Let it bubble until the mixture is a light golden brown – this will take about 5-6 minutes - then pour carefully over the popcorn.
  4. Working quickly, mix well then, with lightly greased hands, bring the mix together into balls about the size of a satsuma, pressing the Malteser halves as you go. Place them on the lined tray to cool.
  5. Drizzle with them melted chocolate then let them set again.
  6. Wrap up and give as a gift to those you love.
Top Tip for making Maltesers popcorn balls

These chocolate popcorn balls would make a great family snacks while watching films together

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