Gooey Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn

Deliciously gooey 5-minute Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn is simple, quick, and perfect for parties and holidays!

This gooey Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn takes minutes to make and is a delicious treat for any holiday, party, or movie night. Similar to Rice Krispie Treats and filled with simple ingredients, we have a feeling you’ll love this popcorn as much as we do!

MARSHMALLOW POPCORN GOODNESS

Do you like Marshmallows? And do you like Popcorn? How about Caramel?

If you love all 3, then you’ll love today’s recipe for Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn. Believe us when we say that it is beyond addicting!

Turn this treat into Marshmallow Popcorn Balls and the kids will go crazy!

It is so easy to make and takes only 5 minutes. The best part is it’s so gooey good. If you’re looking for a great treat for parties and get-togethers – this is it! Or even a family movie night. We promise it will be a hit!

HOW TO MAKE MARSHMALLOW POPCORN

Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn takes just minutes to make!

POPCORN. Pop the popcorn and place it in a large bowl, remove unpopped kernels. Set aside.

CARAMEL. Melt the unsalted butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add brown sugar and corn syrup until well blended. Add marshmallows and stir continuously on low heat until all melted.

COMBINE. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and mix well. Spread popcorn on parchment paper or put it on a greased baking sheet and let set.

RECIPE TIPS

Amount in one bag of popcorn. One 3.28 oz bag of popcorn contains 5 tablespoons of un-popped kernels or about 11 cups of popped corn. There are 3 ways to get popcorn for this recipe:

  1. Buy 11 cups of plain pre-popped popcorn.
  2. Pop 5 tablespoons of your own kernels.
  3. Pop a bag of plain microwave popcorn. 

Marshmallows. Substitute large marshmallows for mini marshmallows with a 1:10 ratio. For this recipe use 200 mini marshmallows or about 3 cups. Either way, remember old marshmallows won’t melt well.

Corn syrup substitute. There are a few options though they may alter the taste, but not by much. Substitute a 1:1 ratio of maple syrup or honey. In the UK the closest substitute is “Golden Syrup”.

  • Make your own simple syrup: In a saucepan mix ¼ cup of water with 1 cup of granulated sugar. Simmer until the sugar has melted and makes a syrup. 

Popcorn. Use any flavor of popcorn, but I prefer plain popcorn for this recipe. Kettle corn, salted popcorn, or lightly buttered popcorn work as well.

Don’t add extra popcorn or there won’t be enough caramel to hold them together. However, if you don’t add enough popcorn, the caramel will “melt” and it won’t hold its shape. 

Easy cleanup. Grease your hands with cooking spray before forming the balls to prevent sticking. 

Toppings. This popcorn really speaks for itself, but it can be fun to mix in a few colored sprinkles, little candies, chopped nuts, or mini chocolate chips. Do not add too many extras or the ratios will be off and the popcorn ball won’t stick together. 

STORING INFO

STORE all Marshmallow Popcorn together in an airtight container or wrap individual balls tightly with plastic wrap. The popcorn should last for 7-10 days at room temperature. 

Recipe from Lil Luna

Gooey Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn

Deliciously gooey 5-minute Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn is simple, quick, and perfect for parties and holidays!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (3.2) oz Bag Plain Microwave Popcorn
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbl Light corn syrup
  • 20 large Marshmallows Or 3 cups mini marshmallows

Instructions
 

  • Pop popcorn and place in a large bowl, removing any un-popped kernels.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add brown sugar and corn syrup and cook, stirring, until well blended. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until all melted, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour mixture over popcorn and mix well. Spread popcorn out on parchment paper or a greased baking sheet and let sit for about 10 minutes to set up.

Notes

Choose Your Favorite Popcorn: One 3.28-ounce bag of microwave popcorn contains 5 tablespoons of un-popped kernels, which makes 10–11 cups of popped popcorn. So for this recipe, you can buy 11 cups of plain pre-popped popcorn, pop 5 tablespoons of your own kernels, or pop 1 bag of plain microwave popcorn.
 
 
Keyword caramel, marshmallow, Popcorn
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