Gooey Marshmallow Christmas Popcorn with Chocolate

One more popcorn recipe before Christmas OK?!  I know my love of popcorn is bordering on addiction, but I also know that I’m not the only one who is so fond of the stuff. Popcorn lovers unite!
I grew up in a big family with tons of cousins close by. We would all descend on my grandma’s house on Sunday afternoons to play and enjoy the delights of family time. In the winter grandma would stand over her stove with a stove-top popper that you turned by hand and then load metal cake pans full of hot popcorn that was a little greasy and a lot salty. I can still smell that hot oil and grain smell. Once in a while my Aunt Joanna would be making some of the popcorn into caramel corn while Grandma was at the stove. She’d dump giant piles of caramel corn on the waxed-paper covered counter and we’d swarm like sugar ants. We’d be try to pick out the gooey-est pieces while attempting to avoid getting our fingertips burnt by the hot sugar.
Hmm. So maybe my love of popcorn is part genetic, part nostalgia, and part taste-driven in nature.
I wanted to make a sticky sweet popcorn that wasn’t caramel, so I turned to my mother-in-laws recipe for a sweet Chex mix she makes. I used the basics of the recipe and then swapped popcorn for the cereal. I added some mini marshmallows that started to melt a bit when they got hot from the sticky coating and then threw on some chocolate in the end. The results were just what I was looking for! Sticky, sweet, marshmallow pockets and chocolate all surrounding popcorn. You just can’t beat that in my world.
I think Santa will be getting this instead of cookies at our house. Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for reading!
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Gooey Marshmallow Christmas Popcorn with Chocolate

by Bless This Mess

Prep Time: 15

Ingredients

  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup Christmas colored M&M’s
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Christmas sprinkles

Instructions

In a large bowl mix the popcorn and mini marshmallows together and set aside. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat combine the sugar, corn syrup, and butter. Cook over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Stirring often let the mixture boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla. Let the mixture cool for 1 to 2 minutes. Pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn and marshmallows and stir well until the popcorn is evenly coated. Let the mixture cool slightly, 2 to 3 minutes, and the add the M&M’s, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles. Stir lightly to combine and then turn the mixture onto waxed paper to cool. Let it cool completely before enjoying.

Notes: The goal is to not let the hot popcorn melt the chocolates, so if you need to wait longer than 2 or 3 minutes then do that. My kitchen is super cold and so it cooled pretty quickly. You need to stir the chocolates and sprinkles in before it cools too much though or they won’t stick.

Feel free to half the recipe if you don’t need tons.

Add more chocolate if you think it needs it; the recipe is yours for the playing with.

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If you don’t have anyone to give this to then you might want to just find the movie ‘Elf’, bring a bowl of this to the couch and go to town. I promise it won’t last long and resolutions don’t start for another week right?!

Merry Christmas to you,
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