Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  232
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  29 g
  • Fat  13 g
  • Cholesterol  26 mg
  • Sodium  113 mg
  • Potassium  37 mg
  • Phosphorus  40 mg
  • Calcium  3 mg
  • Fiber  1.6 g

Popcorn Balls

Kidney-frienldy Popcorn Balls are a fun treat for people with kidney disease, diabetes or those on dialysis.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Mary from Kansas.

Portions: 10     Serving size: 1 popcorn ball


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 40 large marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 cups unsalted popped popcorn
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring 


  1. Place butter and marshmallows in a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and optional food coloring.
  2. Place popped popcorn in a large bowl. Pour in marshmallow mixture and stir.
  3. To make popcorn balls, grease hands with butter and form popcorn balls about the size of a baseball. Place on wax paper to cool. Serve or store wrapped in plastic wrap.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1 starch
    • 2 fat
    • 1 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • For appetizer size, make 20 smaller popcorn balls.
  • Use food coloring of choice to match different holiday themes.

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Popcorn Balls

diannasue says:


This sounds great but what about the oil to pop the corn, every body may not have air popper's so i was a little concerned about that...But it sure does sound good. Dietitian comment: The oil adds to fat and calorie content but does not change other nutrients. I recommend using a healthy fat like canola oil.

Nov. 01, 2014, 12:44 AM - Inappropriate review?

Popcorn Balls

caffish55 says:


Sounds really good, cannot wait to try it.

Oct. 29, 2014, 11:15 AM - Inappropriate review?

Popcorn Balls

jojo4765 says:


I made this for my shift and they are still talking about how great it was. I had trouble making it into balls also,so I just spread it out onto wax paper to dry. Fantastic snack for us plus very easy to make!

Dec. 04, 2012, 7:30 AM - Inappropriate review?

Popcorn Balls

JPRD says:


One of our PCT's tried to make this for a patient tasting day, and could not get the popcorn balls to stick together.

Nov. 02, 2012, 1:25 PM - Inappropriate review?

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