24 March 2011

Popcorn Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Treats

I think I need to work on the title. It's a bit of a mouthful. Which is fitting, because so are these treats.

As promised, here is the first of a few yummy treats I have planned to share. Think Rice Krispie treat with popcorn instead of the Rice Krispies. I added some mini chocolate chips in for good measure, because really, everything is better with chocolate.

I don't know what made me think of making these. Possibly it popped (pun intended) into my head because we were at the movies last weekend and were eating popcorn and I remembered how I used to LOVE eating movie theater popcorn mixed with chocolate, especially Junior Mints. (Really. It's an awesome combination.)  Anyway, I thought, why not make marshmallow treats with popcorn instead? So that's what I did.

I used a bag of microwave popcorn. Now, I wanted to make fresh popcorn (you know, the old fashioned kind, on the stove). So I went to my cabinet and pulled out my bag of kernels. Then I noticed the brand was Kroger. Thinking to myself, hmmm here in Sacramento I've never seen Kroger brand, so I looked at the expiration date. Those kernels? Expired in 2004. Yes, you read that right. 2004.  Seven years ago. Mind you, we moved to this area from Arizona (where the Kroger brand is sold) in 2007. So I packed and moved an already (3-year) expired bag of popcorn kernels to the place we currently live and then kept them for another 4 years. (In my defense, our kitchen cabinets are so deep they remind me of Mary Poppins' bag. They just keep going and going and going...)

So microwave popcorn it was. I used a more "natural" product (funny, to think that anything microwaved would be natural), without butter and just a slight sprinkling of salt. I didn't want too much other flavor in the finished product. Besides the popcorn, all you need are butter, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Super easy, just like the original Rice Krispie treat. I thought they were very yummy and they definitely have kid approval (Jordan ate two after dinner). My husband wouldn't touch them. He thinks marshmallows and all their products are vile and disgusting. Weird.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy them. And maybe you should clean out your pantry this weekend. I know I will be!

Popcorn Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Treats

by Crazy for Crust

  • 1 bag (about 3.3 ounces) microwave popcorn, popped (I used Orville Redenbacker's Tender White)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Coat a 9x9 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Sift through your popped popcorn to make sure you've taken out all the un-popped kernels. You don't want someone to break a tooth on your dessert.
  3. Place your butter in a very large microwave bowl. Microwave for about 30-45 seconds until melted.
  4. Add your marshmallows to the butter bowl. Stir to coat with the butter. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring after 45 seconds. Stir to make sure the marshmallows are totally melted. Add your popcorn and stir carefully. (Really, stir carefully, or your counter will be a mess!) Stir in your chocolate chips and immediately add to your baking dish.
  5. Spray your hands with cooking spray. Press the popcorn mixture into the pan, compacting it as much as you can. Let cool completely before slicing. You can refrigerate them to speed up this process.

These will be best eaten within a day - great for a party!

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At March 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks delicious and super easy to make! :)

At March 26, 2011 at 12:36 AM , Blogger paddle attachment said...

These look fantastic! I love popcorn and they remind me of my mom's famed popcorn balls. Thanks for sharing your recipe - I'll give them a try!

At April 18, 2011 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Eating in Winnipeg said...

oh wow, this looks intensely good! i just love popcorn!! i make it probably 4 times a week!

At April 22, 2011 at 9:40 PM , Anonymous Beth @ Fare Necessities said...

This is a great idea for popcorn. And, how can anyone not like marshmallows? I can totally skip smores and just have a toasted marshmallow and be happy.

At April 23, 2011 at 11:53 AM , Blogger Allison @ Alli 'n Son said...

I LOVE this! Three of my favorite ingredients.

I hope you stopped by at Sweet Tooth Friday again this week!

At April 23, 2011 at 3:07 PM , Blogger briarrose said...

Awesome treat idea. I love the use of popcorn. Definitely must give this a whirl.

At April 29, 2011 at 3:35 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Oh no way, I can't believe that such a treat like this can actually exist. Love it! Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

At June 2, 2012 at 6:30 AM , Blogger Joan@chocolateandmore said...

Pinned, Will be making my new "diet" snack soon!


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