Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn {+ a Party Popcorn giveaway}

Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn | Crumbs and Chaos

Sweet and sticky, Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn is ready to make an appearance for so many occasions…holidays, game day, movie night, girls night in…the list could go on and on.

With the exception of my youngest, we are a popcorn loving family.  Our favorite way to enjoy air popped popcorn?  With salt and equal parts melted butter and coconut oil…it’s amazing!  There are times, however, that we need to think outside the bowl for a crunchy popcorn treat.  Enter Party Popcorn, a book all about popcorn written by Ashton of Something Swanky.

Party Popcorn Book

You guys, this book is a complete resource.  There is seriously something for everyone…nacho cheese doritos popcorn, german chocolate cake popcorn, basil garlic popcorn, peanut brittle popcorn.  Gourmet varieties that you can make at home in your very own kitchen.  The instructions for each recipe are easy to understand and follow.  There’s also a chapter for the little ones…Strawberry Fizz Popcorn, anyone?

Today I’m sharing the recipe for Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn, which in the book is made with M&Ms, but I wanted to make it a little more seasonal so I switched those out for conversation hearts for a yummy twist.  You can store this for up to a day, it may or may not have lasted that long at my house…I’m not telling ;)

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4.5 from 2 reviews
Gooey Marshmallow Popcorn
 
Ingredients
  • 8 cups POPPED POPCORN
  • 4 cups MINI MARSHMALLOWS
  • 3 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 1 drop RED or PINK FOOD COLORING (optional)
  • ½ - 1 cup VALENTINE CONVERSATION HEARTS*
Instructions
  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl and make sure to take out all of the unpopped kernels.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, heat marshmallows and butter for 1 minute on medium power. Stir to combine. Heat in additional 30 seconds increments until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Add food coloring to marshmallow mixture and stir to combine. Pour over popcorn and add candies. Stir to coat as completely as possible. Serve right away.
Notes
*If fruity conversation hearts aren't your thing, use your favorite candies (such as M&Ms)

Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from Party Popcorn by Ashton Swank


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You can win your own copy of Party Popcorn, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to enjoy popcorn – are you a classic butter and salt popcorn eater or do you go for something more adventurous?

Giveaway will end Wednesday, February 4 at midnight EST.  Winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email, if they haven’t responded within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.  Prize is provided and fulfilled by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  I was not compensated for this post, all opinions are my very own.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

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As you can see, today is National Popcorn Day and we are kicking off a short popcorn series.  I personally have always a microwave popcorn kind of girl.  It was easy and quick and always had enough {if not more than enough} flavor!  I looked at making my own popcorn and thought it would be difficult and lack flavor.  HOWEVER… this past December I came across a recipe that showed me the simple way to pop your own popcorn at home WITHOUT using the microwave.  My love for popcorn has only grown.  It is simple and the flavor combinations are endless.  To start our popcorn series, I am going to share with you my absolute FAVORITE new popcorn flavor.  I’ve made it a few times already and it is gone in a flash.  In my opinion the secret to this flavor is BROWNING the butter, then adding vanilla.  YUM!  I used this recipe the first time I made it but since then I just make and add without measuring.  It’s just that easy!

To make the popcorn, I use a heavy bottomed pan with a lid.  Put coconut oil to coat the bottom of the pan.  Add a few kernels to the oil.  When the first one pops add the rest of your kernels and cover.  Shake to cover the bottom of the pan with kernels.  Leave on the heat, shaking occasionally to allow unpopped kernels to go to the bottom and to keep them from burning.  Continue until there is about 2 seconds between pops.  Remembering that the last few will pop even after being removed from the heat.  Now you have a blank canvas in which to create your flavor masterpiece!

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Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn
 
Ingredients
  • 12 cups freshly popped POPCORN, unseasoned
  • 6 Tablespoons SALTED BUTTER
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • ¼ cup SUGAR
  • 1 Tablespoon CINNAMON
Instructions
  1. Place butter in a small pan. Set over medium-low heat and stir constantly as butter melts and foams. After a few minutes, butter will turn golden and brown specks will form. When the foam subsides and the butter begins to smell nutty, remove from the heat. Butter should be deep golden brown but not black or burnt. Remove pot from heat and stir in vanilla (butter will foam). While brown butter slightly cools, mix sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl until well combined.
  2. Slowly drizzle brown butter over popcorn, allowing any black/dark brown sediment at the bottom of the pot to remain behind. Gently stir popcorn until evenly coated. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture over buttered popcorn; stir, and repeat. Serve immediately. ENJOY!

Recipe Source: Five Heart Home


 

 

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Caramel Almond Shortbread Bars

Caramel Almond Shortbread Bars | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

Almonds coated in soft caramel atop a buttery shortbread crust – Caramel Almond Shortbread Bars are an absolutely delightful treat!

Happy Monday, ya’ll!  Today is the first ‘working’ day of January and there are those of us struggling to get back to work.  It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks around these parts.  With family and friends coming and going, so.much.food to eat and fantastic new games to games to play, we’ve enjoyed every minute.  Taking a blogging break was refreshing, but that means I’m not coming to you live today with some fresh faced, low cal recipe for the month of January.  I’m posting one of my favorite Christmas treats about a month late, but it needs to be done.  File this one away for your Valentines ♥… 

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Sugared Cranberries

There are somethings that really make the holidays complete for me.  Aside from things such as spending time with family, putting up the tree, and listening to Christmas music (bonus if it’s O Holy Night because that’s my fave!).  I also have foods and flavors (as you may remember my story about pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving!) some more of those flavors included eggnog and cranberries.  They aren’t hugely popular flavors and are usually either loved or hated.  For me, I need them just at the holidays and then I’m good the rest of the year.  Usually the cranberries are eaten in the form of cranberry sauce but when I recently saw these sugared cranberries I knew my cranberry eatin’ days had taken a turn for the better!!!… 

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Glazed Eggnog Cookies

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‘Tis the season for all things eggnog!  While I adore baking with it, I’m not one to grab a glass of it to drink cold.  This particular eggnog cookie is one that our family looks forward to all year.  Last month’s Double Chocolate Eggnog Bread has quickly become a family favorite too.

Glazed Eggnog Cookies | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

As the year is winding down and we’re up to our knees in the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s fun to look towards the traditions that come in the last couple weeks of December.  This year we’re looking forward not traveling over the holidays and enjoying Christmas Day in our new house.  {hallelujah!}  We’ll be hosting dinner on Christmas Eve with part of my husband’s family.  One thing that remains the same regardless of where we are on Christmas is the need for nog ;)  My husband loves to drink it and I love using it to make breakfast and dessert.

International Delight is ready for the holidays too, with their seasonal selection of flavored creamers and nog.  You can choose a new variety every time you go grocery shopping!  Happy holidays!
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Maple Fudge

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How many of you have already started making your yearly batch of Christmas goodies?  May I suggest that you add this Maple Fudge to your list of things to make this year?  It’s downright amazing!!

Maple Fudge | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

I consider fudge an absolute must have Christmas treat.  My mother-in-law requests that I make peanut butter fudge each year and I usually whip up a batch of classic chocolate too. But this fudge is my new favorite.  You can taste all of the things it has going on – butter, brown sugar and maple.  And it is insanely delicious.  There isn’t a whole lot of hands on time required to make this, from start to finish it’s about 20 minutes.  So it really is a simple thing to have on hand for treat trays and to give away this holiday. … 

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Easy Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies

Easy Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies | recipe on www.crumbsandchaos.net

You guys, ’tis the season for holiday baking. And while I love baking up the classics, it’s also fun to see new ingredients for baking popping up in stores everywhere, especially this time of year. My kids always go for the chocolate chip cookies at my house, but I thought it would be fun to give them a spin this time around.

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Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint Bark Brownies | Crumbs and Chaos
Just say yes to chocolate and peppermint, Peppermint Bark Brownies are brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

December holidays bring memories of baking Christmas cookies and spending time with family and loved ones.  Each year I plan to make a treat that we maybe haven’t included in our Christmas recipes before, I enjoy making a wide variety of goodies to package up and share with family and friends.  This year’s new treat – Peppermint Bark Brownies.  So fudgy and minty, these brownies would make a fabulous addition to any Christmas treat tray…. 

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Soft Maple Sugar Cookies

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies | Crumbs and Chaos

It’s time to dust off your favorite cookie recipes and get baking for the holidays.  Soft Maple Sugar Cookies are just what your holiday cookie tray needs!  Join us for a virtual Christmas cookie exchange, recipe links to 16 of your favorite bloggers are included in this post!

What’s your favorite cookie to make this time of year?  There’s a special place in my heart for Glazed Eggnog Cookies and Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Glaze are a must make at my house.  I can never get over a classic sugar cookie, which both my husband’s mom and step-mom make with great ease.  I would eat them first every time.  His step-mom always decorates a few with red hot candies and I love them that way.  I added them to these cookies because maple + cinnamon = match made in heaven.

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies | Crumbs and Chaos

I don’t always feel like rolling out and cutting dough, so a cookie that’s simply rolled into a ball and baked is just my style.  Topped with a simple maple frosting and you’re ready to decorate to your hearts content.  Sprinkling them with gold or regular decorating sugar makes an elegant addition to any cookie tray, but giving the kids a chance to add their favorite sprinkles is an opportunity they can never pass up ;)

What are delicious cookies without milk?  This December there are food banks in our own communities that could use milk to give to families in need.  We can join the Great American Milk Drive and their quest to make that happen.  When you go to the milk drive site, you can see how many gallons of milk have been donated in your local area and see just how you can help give milk to families in need.

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
 
Serves: 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup BUTTER, softened
  • ½ cup SHORTENING, softened
  • 1½ cups GRANULATED SUGAR
  • ¼ cup PACKED BROWN SUGAR
  • ¼ cup PURE MAPLE SYRUP
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • 1 teaspoon CREAM OF TARTAR
  • ⅛ teaspoon SALT
  • 3 EGG YOLKS
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA
  • 1¾ cups FLOUR
Icing:
  • ¼ cup WHIPPING CREAM or MILK
  • ¼ cup BUTTER, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons PURE MAPLE SYRUP
  • 3 cups POWDERED SUGAR
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Beat together butter and shortening in a large bowl. Add sugars, maple syrup, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat until well combined. Lastly, beat in flour.
  3. Use a 1 Tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop dough into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, remove from oven when edges are light golden brown. Frost when completely cool.
Icing: Whisk together whipping cream, melted butter and pure maple syrup. Gradually add powdered sugar and whisk until smooth. Frost cooled cookies and decorate as desired.

Recipe Source: BHG 100 Best Cookies


Christmas Cookie Exchange 2014 - recipes from your favorite bloggers

Because it’s the more the merrier where cookies are concerned…

Caramel Filled Chewy Ginger Cookies from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Italian Anisette Cookies from A Family Feast

Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies from Apron Strings

Orange Cranberry White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies from Barbara Bakes

Soft Pumpkin Cookies + Pumpkin Spice Kisses from Bless this Mess

Soft Maple Sugar Cookies from Crumbs and Chaos

Graham Cracker Log from Hoosier Homemade

Rugelach Bars from Let’s Dish

Pepper Jelly Cornmeal Thumbprints from Letty’s Kitchen

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Love from the Oven

Linzer Cookies from Mandy’s Recipe Box

Surprise-inside Christmas Stocking from Munchkin Munchies

Chocolate M&M Cookies from Oh, Sweet Basil

White Chocolate Pecan Snowball Cookies from Rose Bakes

Chocolate Toffee Cranberry Cookies from Taste and Tell

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Bars from Your Homebased Mom

Spiced Eggnog Cookies from Will Cook for Smiles

Christmas Cookie Exchange 2014 - recipes from your favorite bloggers

*Disclosure: It has been my honor to make you aware of the Great American Milk Drive, but I have not been compensated in any way for highlighting their organization.  Happy holidays!