Slime Popcorn Recipe

This Halloween, surprise the kids with this super easy green slime popcorn! The popcorn is coated in a creepy green color. This spooky twist on caramel corn combines sweet, salty, and playfully gross textures for a snack that’s scary good. Kids and adults will love it!

If you love this recipe check out this Halloween Slime drink recipe!

A picture of bowl of slime popcorn with candy eyeballs

Oozy Green Slime Popcorn: A Spooky Halloween Treat

This fun Halloween twist on classic caramel corn features an edible “slime” coating tinted ghoulish green and googly eyes for delightfully gross appeal. Both kids and adults will love indulging in this playfully sticky and slightly salty popcorn at your next Halloween bash or trick-or-treat afterparty.


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Novel Ingredients Create Slimy Texture

While traditional caramel corn starts with a basic butter, sugar, and syrup mixture, this recipe gets its uniquely gooey “slime” texture from marshmallows. Melting marshmallows into the buttery caramel base helps create a thick, sticky coating that clings to each popcorn kernel. For added Halloween flair, vibrant green food coloring tints the slime mixture a ghastly hue.

It’s important to note that this stretchy slime texture doesn’t last – it will only maintain its ooey, gooey stretchiness while the popcorn is still warm. Once it cools, the texture becomes hardened and crunchy.

Balance of Sweet and Salty Flavors

This slime popcorn recipe strikes the perfect balance of sweet caramel flavor from the brown sugar, marshmallows, and butter paired with the salty crunch of the popcorn. The marshmallows impart a distinct sweetness while the butter and touch of saltiness from the popcorn keeps the flavor profile well-rounded. This dynamic interplay results in irresistibly addictive popcorn you’ll crave all season long.

Oozy, Stretchable Slime Texture

Creating the signature sticky, stretchable slime texture requires careful cooking technique. Be sure to stir continuously as the marshmallows melt to avoid scorching. Once fully combined, immediately pour the mixture over the popcorn so it effectively coats each kernel for maximum adhesion. Allow it to cool slightly and then enjoy the delightfully stringy, ooey-gooey mouthfeel as you bite into each popcorn bite.

Customizable Creepy-Crawly Add-Ins

While googly eyes add basic decoration, feel free to get creative with additional Halloween-themed mix-ins. Try adding chopped up gummy worms, spiders, or body parts for an extra dose of creepy crawly fun. Mix in some orange and black candy corn or sprinkles for more color. Drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce and top with black sprinkles for a “witch’s brew” vibe. Let your imagination run wild!

Grab-and-Go Portability

Packed into individual bags or served up in Halloween themed containers, this slimy green popcorn is perfect for school parties, trunk-or-treats, or neighborhood meet ups. The recipe can easily be scaled up for a crowd. Pre-portion into single-serve bags with a cute Halloween sticker or label for quick grab-and-go snacking on the go.

Troubleshooting Baking Questions

Having issues getting that perfect slime texture? Try reducing heat and adding marshmallows slowly to prevent burning. Not spooky enough? Use extra green food coloring for a deeper ghastly hue. Cookies too soft? Cool completely before packing for maximum crunch retention. With a few minor tweaks, you’ll achieve popcorn perfection.

Whip up a batch of this creepy green slime popcorn for your next Halloween celebration. Just be cautious—this Halloween treat may be so addicting that it disappears in a ghostly fashion!


2 bags of microwave popcorn about 8 cups
1/2 cup brown sugar
8 tbsp unsalted butter
16 oz marshmallow
6 drops of green food coloring
Pack of candy eyeballs ( Walmart)


To make the green slime popcorn, first, Pop both bags of popcorn.  Next pour it into a large wide bowl. Remove all the kernels.

Melt the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often.

Spray a wooden spoon or spatula with cooking spray. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted and smooth. 

Now that the marshmallows have melted, add food coloring. 

Stir until color is evenly distributed.

Add the popcorn and candy eyes to the pot and combine until evenly coated. 

Place the popcorn into a bowl or a plastic zip bag. Best if eaten within a couple days. 


To transform this recipe into Halloween popcorn balls, follow these steps: Begin by greasing your hands with vegetable shortening. Then, before it cools down, promptly shape the popcorn into a ball. Next, individually wrap each ball with plastic wrap and keep them at room temperature.

If you love this recipe you’ll probably like this Halloween Slime drink recipe!

A picture of bowl of slime popcorn with candy eyeballs

Slime Popcorn Recipe

April Boller Wright
A quick and easy Halloween popcorn recipe called slime popcorn with candy eyeballs. It's so much fun to make.  This recipe makes easy popcorn balls too. Parents, let your kid bring this Halloween popcorn to school!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people


  • 8 cups of popcorn 2 bags of microwave popcorn about 10 cups
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 16 oz marshmallow
  • 6 drops green food coloring Add less or more drops until you achieve your desired color.
  • Pack of candy eyeballs You can find candy eyes at Walmart or a craft store.


  • Remove all of the kernels from the cooked popcorn.
  • Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring often.
  • Spray a wooden spoon or spatula with cooking spray the marshmallows(the spray will keep the marshmallows and popcorn from sticking to the spoon).
  • Stir until marshmallows are melted.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the pot and stir until color is evenly distributed.
  • Add popcorn and candy eyeballs and combine until evenly coated. Serve right away or keep at room temperature.

How to Make Popcorn Balls

  • Begin by greasing your hands with vegetable shortening or cooking oil spray. Then, before it cools down, promptly shape the popcorn into a ball.
  • Next, serve right away or individually wrap each ball with plastic wrap and keep them at room temperature.
  • Best if eaten within 2-3 days.


Quick Tips:

  • Serve right away or keep it at room temperature. 
  • The popcorn will be stretchy immediately after the cooking process, but it won't stretch once it has cooled down.
Keep the slime popcorn in a sealed container at room temperature and aim to consume it within 2-3 days of storing.

Post last updated: 10/25/2023
Keyword halloween popcorn, halloween popcorn balls, popcorn balls, slime popcorn
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Adapted from Food Network Magazine 


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  1. Oh my gosh this totally freaked me out at first, which is the idea right??? My kids will LOVE this, great idea!5 stars

  2. Absolutely love Halloween treats this popcorn is so cute and who doesn’t love goggly eyes and green yummy treats for a ghoulish time. I need to start planning my Halloween party soon. Now I am inspired.5 stars

  3. Oh my goodness this halloween treat is precious! I can’t wait to make this with my girls this halloween. SO FUN!5 stars

  4. That is so cute. I don’t even have kids, and I still want to make it for Halloween. It’s so festive and sounds delicious.5 stars

  5. Hi,

    I made this and it was yummy but wasn’t gooey. Do you have any tips or have an idea what I missed? I really want to make this for my sons party. Thank you!

    1. Hi Summer, The popcorn is stretchy and gooey only after it’s cooked and still warm.

  6. How far in advance could this be made? Will it taste ok for school party tomorrow if made tonight?

    1. Yes, the taste will be just fine. Store them in an airtight container, however they may not have much slime effect. Eat the popcorn within 3 days of storing it. Thanks!

  7. We love this. Can’t wait to make it.

  8. Really loving this. Perfect for Halloween and I know my niece and nephew would love to make this and eat them.

  9. What fun idea! It would also be perfect for watching a scary Halloween movie.

  10. This is really, really clever! I love the colour, the slime and the fact that it’s so quick and easy! I’ll have to show the kids this recipe, thanks April!

  11. Oh how fun!!! I am a popcorn FREAK so I have to give this a try, we actually have a Haunted Homes tour in our town at the end of the month that my nephews are coming up for…wonder how they would feel about popcorn with eyeballs! 😀

    1. I’m love popcorn too! I don’t know what it is that makes me love it so much! Thank you so much Melissa!

  12. I swear, using those little candy eyeballs makes just about anything the perfect creepy crawly kind of Halloween treat!

  13. Such a fun recipe. Kids would love to help for sure in prep work as well as eating !!

    1. My toddlers loved it so much! Thank you Namrata!

  14. What fun! Great idea to make marshmallow the star of this ooey gooey sweet treat!