This article is sponsored by Pop Secret. All opinions and thoughts shared are 100% my own.

We have a hard time settling on a movie that all of us can watch for a Family Movie Night– it’s hard being the only woman in a house full of boys and men.  Their taste isn’t mine.  At Christmas though, I have a whole collection of family favorites that we watch each season.    My favorite for Family Movie Night is the Homecoming, the prequel to the Waltons television series.  The show embraces the best of Christmas movies– it’s about love, and family.  The other thing that is special about this movie is the fact that the family doesn’t have a lot of money, but they do have special things at Christmas, and one of them is popcorn balls, and popcorn strung around the Christmas tree that was chopped in their yard.  I thought I would share a recipe for Chocolate Popcorn Balls to make if you ever decide to watch this movie.  Plus, thanks to Popsecret Popcorn, you can use their handy Perfect Pop App to make sure that you get a perfect batch of popcorn for your homemade popcorn balls each time!  It’s so easy to use!
My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls

To make my chocolate popcorn balls, I used the Homestyle Popsecret popcorn. It is lightly salted and butter, and has a flavor that tastes just like the popcorn that my grandmother made on her stove. It’s delicious!

My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Everyone can relate to the frustration of burning popcorn, so Pop Secret decided to solve the problem once and for all, so you can spend more time enjoying movies and less time worrying about burned popcorn!Now if you want to try the Perfect Pop App, here’s how it works:

With your iPhone 5+ on iOS 7+, download Perfect Pop (“Perfect Popcorn”) for free on the App Store.

1. Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and enter suggested cooking time from the packaging. Note: Perfect Pop is optimized for the deliciousness of Pop Secret popcorn only.

2. Turn up the volume on your iPhone. Point the phone’s speaker towards the microwave and keep within 3 feet.

3. Start the microwave, and then start the app.

No more relying on the popcorn button or guessing how many seconds in between pops. Pop Secret is serious about perfect popcorn, so the less you have to worry about, the more time you can spend enjoying movie night with your friends & family. Perfect Pop listens to the pops, waiting for the precise moment to let you know when your popcorn is perfect.

My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Honestly, the popcorn was perfect, not a single burnt kernel and only about 5 under-popped kernels. There were no unpopped kernels in the bottom of the bag! Now if you don’t have an iPhone, or you’d rather do it yourself, you can still get beautiful popcorn, you’ll just have to stand by the microwave and listen to the popping.   After the popcorn was perfectly popped, here’s how I made the Chocolate Popcorn Balls!

Ingredients

  • 1 Popped Bag of Popsecret Homestyle Popcorn
  • 4 1/2 Cups of mini marshmallows
  • 5 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls

I melted the butter in saucepan over medium heat, and poured the popcorn and chocolate chips into a big bowl that would allow for both my hands to get in their and mix. Once the butter is melted, pour in the marshmallows and stir them up with the butter, letting the mixture melt. The mixture should be well melted. I then poured the mixture over popcorn and chocolate chips, and blended and tossed it together with a spatula. Once it was well-mixed, and somewhat cooler, I used my hands to mix it thoroughly and form it into balls. I was able to get 7 good sized balls with one bag of popcorn. I let them cool for about an hour until they were all ready for movie time! Yum!

My Mom Made That: Chocolate Popcorn Balls