coconut mango popcorn balls {family movie night}

This coconut mango popcorn ball recipe post is sponsored by Pop Secret.

It’s family movie night ’round here and nothing ruins the occasion like burned popcorn.  Even after the popped kernels are in the outside trashcan, the burned scent hangs in the air for what seems like forever.  Take the guesswork out of microwave popcorn with a new app brought to you by Pop Secret — movie night is saved!

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Popcorn is pretty much my go-to snack when I’m craving something crunchy and salty… which is almost all the time.  I generally keep my popcorn plain and butterless but when family movie night rolls around, we go movie theater style.

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Pair with some beverages, Mexican Coke for dad, root beer for the kids, and we’re good to go.

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For the perfect bag of popcorn, there is this amazing new app from Pop Secret.  You simply open the app and hold near your microwave.  The app utilizes your phone’s built in microphone to listen to the popcorn pops.  It gives a warning as you near the end of the cycle so you can avoid the dreaded burned bag.  It is so easy to use and it’s fun for the kids to watch and participate in.  The app is free and only works on iPhones with iOS 7+.

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I first fell in love with popcorn balls around Halloween time, specifically the caramel-flavored variety.  The perfect blend of sweet and savory, the salty, buttery goodness is undeniably good.  Over the years, I have tried to simplify my recipe and I think I’ve finally come to the perfect caramel popcorn ball.  With just a handful of ingredients, this is a super easy recipe anyone can whip up for their movie night.

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Popcorn balls scream to be customized and are the perfect vessel for a whole host of ingredients.  Since it is summer and I’m in a tropical flavor mood, I went with coconut and mango.  Feel free to sub in your favorite dried fruits.

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Coconut Mango Popcorn Balls


1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
half a bag marshmallow
2 bags Pop Secret popcorn
1/4 cup dried mango, diced
coconut flakes


  1. Pop both bags of popcorn and empty into a large bowl, sorting out any unpopped kernels into the trash.  In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add sugar and marshmallows, mixing and melting until all is incorporated.  Pour over popcorn and mix well.  Allow to cool off enough to handle.  Add in mango and mix again.
  2. Grease up your clean hands with a bit of butter or oil.  Grab handfuls of the popcorn mixture and press into a ball shape.  Do not pack too tightly, just enough to give it its shape.  Roll in shredded coconut and enjoy!

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  1. July 18, 2014 at 6:57 am — Reply

    Sounds like a yummy recipe! What a great app!

  2. July 18, 2014 at 7:46 am — Reply

    I want to have a movie night at your house. I love soda in a glass bottle. Sometimes I burn popcorn and I just can’t eat it. I like the sound of this app, very cool.

  3. July 18, 2014 at 8:02 am — Reply

    I love popcorn but I have never had a popcorn ball like that. Time to give it a try.

  4. July 18, 2014 at 8:20 am — Reply

    Omg… I’m such a sucker for mango… this looks fantastic!

  5. July 18, 2014 at 8:32 am — Reply

    Mmmm Coconut mango sounds so delicious and refreshing, a great summer treat!

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