Oh my goodness…I almost feel bad about sharing this recipe with you. I accept no responsibility whatsoever if you get addicted. I am not a fan of traditional caramel popcorn. It is way too sweet for me and I don’t care for the hard sugary coating. This, on the other hand, is perfect.
This “caramel” is made with marshmallows which actually mellow out the sweetness and keep the coating soft. Plus, and maybe most importantly, it is crazy easy to make. My thirteen year old is the one who always makes it at our house. I showed her once when she was eleven, and she has been making it since.
We like to start with organic popcorn kernels from the most awesome store in our small town, B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Any old popcorn would work fine, though. You can pop your own, or you can just stick a bag of microwave popcorn in and let it go. If you want to make it as healthy as butter-brown sugar-marshmallow coated popcorn can be, let me share the most awesome tip with you:
You can make popcorn in a brown lunch sack in the microwave using get this…nothing but plain popcorn kernels! Seriously. If you don’t believe me, try it. Put about 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in the sack, fold it down three times, place it straight up in the microwave, and cook about two minutes (until the popping slows). Now THAT is a healthy snack, filled with protein and no fat, sugar, or salt (unless you choose to add it 😉).
Okay, got a little sidetracked there. Back to this deliciousness. Make a batch of popcorn using whatever method you choose. Place a stick of butter and 1/3 cup brown sugar into the microwave for two minutes. When it is finished, stir in nine large marshmallows until they are melted then immediately pour it over the popcorn and stir to combine.
You are going to want to eat this right away while it is still a little warm (though we have had a few leftovers the next day before – not quite sure how that happened – and it was still really good). Pop in a movie and have a family night. Give it a try, and if you can stop eating long enough to hop back over here, let me know what you think!