Popcorn is one of the most beloved snacks by a wide range of people. Part of popcorn’s immense popularity is just how versatile it is. You can learn how to make marshmallow popcorn, chocolate popcorn, caramel popcorn, salty popcorn, buttered popcorn, and anything in between, making it immensely versatile.
The versatility of popcorn is not the only reason why it is popular, however. You will find that corn is abundant in the United States because it is one of the most widely-grown plants in the country. Ingredients that are widely available and a simple preparation process make popcorn a very affordable treat.
In addition to the many types of popcorn that you will come across, there are also several ways to pop it in the first place. If you are at home, you can opt to use a microwave to pop your popcorn unless you have invested in a popper. Even if you have a popcorn popper, there are different varieties available.
Some popcorn poppers will make use of oil to pop your kernels, whereas others will simply air-pop your popcorn. Different preparation methods will determine the taste of your popcorn and just how healthy it comes out. You can also decide whether or not to add salt to your popcorn after it comes out.
Over the course of today’s article, we are going to be looking at a recipe for marshmallow popcorn. As you may have guessed from the inclusion of marshmallows, this is a recipe for dessert popcorn. While sweet popcorn gets a bad wrap for its high carb content, it is a pleasant treat from time to time.
Before we get to the recipe itself, let’s take a look at what exactly marshmallow popcorn is. We will also take a look at some of the different varieties of marshmallow popcorn that you may come across.
In the simplest sense, marshmallow popcorn is popcorn that has had marshmallows melted over it. There are many ways to make marshmallow popcorn, and some methods are better than others.
For example, you could always melt some marshmallows in the microwave and pour them over your popcorn, but that won’t exactly turn out as well as a proper recipe.
It is also important to keep in mind that marshmallow popcorn comes in many different varieties. You can eat a bowl of marshmallow popcorn, with the gooey melted marshmallows melted over the top, or you can arrange them in the shape of bars and allow the marshmallow to harden once again.
Marshmallow popcorn bars have the advantage of being much more portable than a bowl of marshmallow popcorn. You also don’t have to worry about your fingers getting quite as sticky when you eat marshmallow popcorn in bar form as the marshmallow has already hardened.
Another choice is marshmallow popcorn balls, in which balls of popcorn are stuck together using melted marshmallows as a sort of glue. These are a bit of a middle ground between regular marshmallow popcorn and marshmallow popcorn bars, as they are more portable and less messy.
In addition to the different forms that you will find this snack in, it can also be made with a lot of other additional ingredients. For example, if you would like to add a little something extra to your marshmallow popcorn, you can drizzle melted chocolate over the top of your bowl too.
One of the more popular options when making this type of popcorn is marshmallow caramel popcorn since both of the ingredients are the same consistency when melted. The marshmallow and the caramel in your popcorn will mix into a delicious coating that is nearly irresistible.
Now that we have covered the most popular varieties of marshmallow popcorn and precisely what it is, we can get to how to make marshmallow popcorn. Keep in mind that there are many different methods for making this popcorn, so your previous recipe (should you have one) may differ from that of our own.
When making marshmallow popcorn, the first thing that you will have to decide on is how you are going to pop your popcorn. We would recommend air-popping your popcorn as that will make it much healthier, and it will maintain a neutral flavor that will not be at odds with the marshmallow taste.
If you prefer sweet and salty popcorn, you can instead choose to pop your kernels in oil, or you can even use microwave popcorn. Whichever option is the most convenient for you is often the best choice, though we will reaffirm that air-popped popcorn will provide the best combination of healthiness and flavor for dessert popcorn.
When you have finished popping your corn, you will want to remove every kernel that has not yet been popped from the bottom of the bowl to prevent any unpleasant surprises.
The next step is to place a saucepan on the stovetop over low heat and add a half-cup of butter to it. Stirring the butter as it melts, you will want to add your marshmallows to ensure that they melt evenly. At the same time as you add the marshmallows, you will also want to put in the brown sugar.
Keep stirring the mixture in the pan to ensure that it does not burn at the bottom and then take the melted marshmallows off of the heat. Don't give the mix a chance to cool down, and pour it over your bowl of popcorn, mixing it to ensure even distribution.
At this point, you can either opt to let the marshmallows harden, or you can enjoy the gooey goodness of the dessert warm.
As you can see, it is easier than one would assume to make marshmallow popcorn. We hope that this guide has been helpful and relatively straightforward. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think.