Gift Edit 2023

The $20 Tool That Makes Popcorn Balls in a Snap (and It’s a Great Gift)

published Nov 15, 2023
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Popcorn is a tried-and-true classic. In fact, it is (and always will be) my favorite snack. If I’m headed to the movies, I make a point to treat myself to a buttery bag every time, and when movie night takes place at home, I pull out my popcorn popper to whip up a near-perfect equivalent. (It’s an art form.) So, any time we here at The Kitchn find a new gadget related to my snack of choice, I jump at the chance to give it a test run — which was the case with the aforementioned popcorn maker that I can’t stop raving about.

Who’s behind the stellar machine, you might ask? Dash, an editor-favorite brand behind tons of innovative, affordable kitchen items that’ll make your life way easier (and more delicious). They sell nearly every variation of popcorn popper you could imagine, but we just stumbled across a different piece of popcorn gear that’s an absolute must for entertainers — and the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone that loves the snack — and its name is the Popcorn Ball Maker.

What is the Dash Popcorn Ball Maker?

This gadget delivers instant fun, and your inner child — or actual children — will thank you once you add it to your kitchen. Coming in a set of four (which means you can gift them to multiple people or make several at the same time), all you have to do to get the perfect popcorn ball is scoop up the ingredients and use the lip to shape it. If you want to make them even more tasty and melt some chocolate on top, you totally can, since it’s microwave-safe. Last but certainly not least, when it’s time to serve, you’re able to insert a stick into the opening slot on the top, making the whole endeavor even more mess-free.

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What Amazon Reviewers are Saying

Average Rating: 4.5/5

“My family had a great time making s’mores popcorn balls as one of our Boxing Day activities. It’s fun and easy. It was a different experience to make these as opposed to the cookies I usually make during the holidays. The clean up was quick too.” — terripisces

“Fantastic. No mess, no sticky hands. Much easier to compress into perfect balls than other systems. Included recipe book is very good.” — Robert Pratt

“Used this to make rice crispy treat balls and it worked perfectly. The kids had a blast and loved it. Reminds me of my childhood.” — Mamafriz

Once you try it out for yourself, you’ll definitely want to share the fun with others, whether you host a popcorn ball-making party (with the included recipe book, everyone can customize them to their own preferences!), make some to give as edible gifts, or simply pop the gadget into their stocking. All of that for only $20? Yes, please!

Buy: Dash Popcorn Ball Maker, Set of 4, $19.99