I really do like making caramel corn. I mean there are some great recipes (some even on this blog) out there. But last weekend, I wanted a yummy treat to watch a movie with the hubs, but didn't want to spend a ton of time making caramel corn and I didn't just want Kettle Corn. It was quite a predicament. But, thank goodness, I found a recipe that really hit the spot. Seriously, I would have never guessed that marshmallows would be an ingredient the would make a lovely, crunchy caramel corn. I confess, I really thought it was going to end up more like a rice krispy treat. But, now I am not sure I will use anything different.
adapted from here
1 bag of popped microwave popcorn
1 cup (heaping) mini marshmallows
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick of butter
Pour your popped popcorn into a large bowl, so you will be able to stir it without it all falling out. This is VERY important, or you will have popcorn and caramel all over your floor. . . Trust me on this!
In another, smaller and microwave safe bowl (I recommend one of those 4 cup Pyrex measuring cups, because it's going to get foamy). Melt your butter. Then add brown sugar and marshmallows. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and return to microwave. Repeat. Microwave again for 2 more minutes. Whisk until smooth. Pour over popcorn and stir carefully.
Pour out onto a lined baking sheet and let rest. Just a few minutes will do. Break apart and eat.
If you are looking for more caramel corn ideas, check out this one: