Caramel Marshmallow Party Popcorn!
After a week hiatus, I’m back with my own post and I’m so excited to share this recipe with all of you today!
Before I get to that, I’d like to give one more huge thank-you to Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere and Kelly from Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons for filling in for me this past week. As many of you know, Jon and I took a short trip to NYC to celebrate our birthdays, so that didn’t leave much time for blogging. In case you missed their posts, be sure to check them out – Sarah gave us a recipe for Homemade Lightened-Up Eggnog and Kelly shared an adorable and heartfelt kid-friendly DIY project!
So are you wondering what “Party Popcorn” is yet? Well, it’s sweet, salty, crunchy, addicting, perfect-for-gifting and doesn’t require any baking!
Earlier this month, my best friend, Lauren, and her two fabulous roommates hosted their annual ‘Holidate’ party (aka holiday date party). As an invitee, I knew I wanted to bring a dish to pass and honestly, I feel like dessert is my trusty go-to option. With that decided, it was time to scour Pinterest. Within a few short minutes, I came upon a pin for ‘Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn.’ Naturally, I thought that sounded delicious and after checking out the actual recipe, I was armed with some modifications and ready to give it a try!
This recipe is so quick and easy – it requires basically no skill in the kitchen so don’t tell me you can’t cook! 😉
Gather your ingredients. In the picture below you’ll notice that I didn’t include pretzels or peanuts even though I used them in this recipe. The ingredients shown are the base ingredients and then you can add any kind of mix-ins that you like!
In a (very) large bowl, add your popped popcorn, broken pretzels, and peanuts (and/or any other mix-ins).
Tip: I used 2 single serving popcorn bags by Orville Redenbacher – Kettle Corn 94% Fat Free. I think plain healthy popcorn is the best option for this recipe since we’ll be adding so much sweetness to it by the end.
Heat a medium sauce pan over low-medium heat and add your butter. Once it’s completely melted, add your brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and marshmallows. The mixture should be smooth and have a nice caramel color.
Tip: If the mixture starts bubbling too much, lower the heat. Make sure to keep stirring so the mixture doesn’t burn.
Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over your popcorn and combine with a large spoon until the popcorn is evenly coated. At this point, you could form popcorn balls or spread the mixture onto a lined baking sheet like I did. I spread it out because I didn’t want the popcorn to harden into one huge ball.
Let the mixture cool and harden then break into bite-size pieces. Make sure to store the popcorn in an airtight container because it will go stale fast.
Caramel Marshmallow Party Popcorn!
Inspired by Chef in Training
Makes roughly 8-10 cups
- 2 single serve microwave popcorn packages, popped (such as Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Corn 94% Fat-Free)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 15 large marshmallows
- 1 cup skinny pretzel sticks, roughly broken
- 1 cup unsalted/unroasted peanuts
What to Do
- In a (very) large bowl, add your popped popcorn, broken pretzels, and peanuts.
- Heat a medium sauce pan over low-medium heat and add your butter.
- Once it’s completely melted, add your brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and marshmallows. The mixture should be smooth and have a nice caramel color.
- Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over your popcorn and combine with a large spoon until the popcorn is evenly coated.
- Spread the mixture onto a lined baking sheet to cool.
- Once hardened, break into bite-size pieces. Make sure to store the popcorn in an airtight container.
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