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Popcorn Cake

November 2, 2011

I love making this in the fall…it is so good!  I got the recipe from a friend’s mom a few years ago…

Popcorn Cake


1/3 cup popcorn kernels

3T + 1/2 cup vegetable/canola oil

1 stick of unsalted butter

1 16oz. bag of marshmallows

1 bag of peanut butter M&Ms (I especially like the ones with the holiday colors)

1 cup of lightly salted peanuts


Lightly grease a 9″x13″ baking dish and set aside.

Pop the popcorn on the stove.  Heat up 3T of oil in a large stock pot over medium high heat.  Pour in the kernels and put the lid on your pot.  Once the kernels start to pop, shake the pot (with the lid on) to keep them from sticking to the bottom and burning.  (I know this sounds somewhat complicated, but it really isn’t.  I used to be intimidated by popping corn on the stove, ha!)  Once all the popcorn is popped, pour it into a large bowl and mix with your peanut butter M&Ms and peanuts.

Place your large pot back on the stove and melt the butter and 1/2 cup oil over medium high heat.  Once the butter has melted down, pour in your marshmallows and melt them by stirring constantly.  After a few minutes, you’ll have a nice marshmallow sauce that you can pour over your popcorn in a bowl.  Stir quickly to make sure the marshmallow sauce is well distributed and pack the popcorn mixture into your baking dish.

Let sit 1 hour before serving.  Cut into pieces and enjoy!

***This is also great with Reece’s Pieces (or any type of chocolate candy, really).  I made some at my parents’ house last weekend with their air popper, and it worked great!  No oil needed at all.

I also made it with the popcorn they grew in their garden this summer!  (We are such the pioneer family, ha!)  It was great.  :)

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