The kids and I have been doing more baking together since it’s been raining for 29 days straight in the beautiful Seattle area. And what else do you do when you get cabin fever? Eat. No, I mean, you workout out and exercise (right, coach Brittany?). And I should correct myself, it’s not even baking since we never even turn the oven on. So what should I call it then? Treat making? Or my-kids-have-asked-for-the-10th-time-“what can we do mom?”- activity?
Regardless, these popcorn marshmallow treats were born out of the mere fact that we actually had the ingredients to make them. Think Rice Krispy Treats, but with popcorn. Because, you guessed it, we didn’t have rice krispies. And they are gluten-free! Isn’t that suppose to make you feel somehow better about the fact that they are so not sugar-free?
This one was husband approved too, hands down. And children can help you make them, just to help you learn more patience.
~ Popped popcorn (either 1 bag of microwavable popcorn or 1 batch of air popped)
~ 2 cups of mini marshmallows (they melt quicker than the large ones, but of course the large ones will work too)
~ 1 tablespoon Butter
~ Optional Additions: sprinkles, chocolate chips, craisins, pecan pieces (I’m not advocating for you to add all these additions at once, but pick and choose)
Step 1: Have child measure out 1 tbls of butter and drop it into a medium saucepan. Turn stove on to medium heat and wait for butter to melt. You could have your helper stand on a chair at the stove, and have them wear an oven mitt while helping you.
Step 2: Once butter is melted, add marshmallows. Have child hold the pot’s handle with the hand that is wearing the oven mitt. Then have them stir the marshmallows with the uncovered hand. Want a quick science lesson for your little helper? Turns out marshmallows contain every state of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. Way to redeem yourself there, marshmallow! You can do a quick read about it here if you want. Might as well add a few facts in while you add the calories in.
Step 3: Once marshmallows are melted, dump in the popped popcorn and stir until the liquid goop is evenly covering the popcorn. Here is where you could stir in any of the additional options, like sprinkles, just in case you needed this to be even more sugary. But it makes it look so pretty, mom!
Step 4: Turn off stove and dump contents onto wax paper to let cool for a few minutes. Break off chunks of the popcorn marshmallow treat with hands or cut with a knife.
Enjoy the gooey awesomeness of popcorn covered in marshmallow.
And enjoy picking up all the sprinkles that now cover your kitchen floor too.
Tell me what you like to make with marshmallows . . . because there are lots more rainy days of treat making to come in my future.