Monday, April 18, 2011

Aunt Lindsey's Sticky Popcorn

If ever a day called for a fun after school snack, it is an April Monday that started with us waking up to snow! As one friend so aptly put it, it would have been a beautiful and thrilling scene had it been the first snow of the season. Instead, we are closer to May than March and we had finally put away all the bundling gear and the snow was a little disappointing! As #4 innocently mis-quoted the old saying recently, "April Fools bring May flowers!" The snow was no April fool's joke, and neither is this yummy treat. Enjoy!

(Oh, and a word to the wise, stale marshmallows just make for "stuck popcorn" not sticky popcorn. Just trust me and go get a fresh bag! ;0)

12 large marshmallows (or about half a bag of minis)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter
1 bag microwave popcorn (I wouldn't use kettle, as this recipe makes the popcorn sweet enough!)

Melt marshmallows, brown sugar and butter in microwave, at 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until marshmallows are very soft, large and fluffy (this is fun to watch!) Stir until a thick sauce develops. Pour in large bowl (spray it first with some cooking spray) with the popped microwave popcorn and toss until well coated.

Note: Make sure you get out the un-popped corn before you add the "sticky."

Eating it right out of the bowl in which you made it is fun. All hands on deck! Or, place a serving in cute plastic cups. I'd avoid anything like paper towels or napkins, - yikes!