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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sticky Popcorn Cake with M&M's | Back to School

It is Back to School Season!  I've put together a Back to School Guide that will make the beginning of the school year more fun (and manageable!).  These make ahead dinners, easy breakfast recipes and simple desserts will get an A+ from your kids... and will pass the parent taste test, too!


Sticky Popcorn was another one of those recipes we were convinced my had Mom invented (like Pizza Bread).  It was melted marshmallows and popcorn stirred together to create and an ooey, gooey treat.  We would make it on Friday nights while we watch movies like Harry and the Hendersons or Adventures in Babysitting.  To top it all off, she would add food coloring to the melted marshmallows to tint the 'sticky' of the popcorn to pink, blue, purple, or green.  We thought that it was amazing.

The concept behind "Sticky Popcorn" was the same as rice krispies or popcorn balls... melted butter and marshmallows heated together with rice krispies or popcorn added in.  The beauty of the sticky popcorn at our movie nights was that is was served warm, in big bowls.  To children.  To children who ate it with their hands.  We loved it!  We loved it so much that we always convinced our babysitters to let us make it.  I'm sure they loved the mess we made of ourselves, the kitchen and anything we touched with our food-coloring, sticky popcorn fingers.

This tamed version of Sticky Popcorn, the Sticky Popcorn Cake, is a great version to make for bake sales, potlucks, back-to-school parties, sleepovers and birthdays.  It is also great to cut into slices for kids' lunches.  But, on movie nights at home, I recommend you make the original, messy version of Sticky Popcorn for your kids, too.   You can add M&M's, peanuts (but beware of peanut allergies these days...), chocolate chips, gummy worms, etc. to the original version or cake.  Whatever your kids will love.  Let them help!

Back to School Guide :
Sticky Popcorn Cake with M&M's

2 bags of popcorn, popped
1 bag of marshmallows (10 oz.)
1 stick of butter
1 cup of M&M's
1 cup of peanuts

In a large bowl, melt butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  Add marshmallows and stir in with the butter.  Microwave the marshmallows and butter for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes (or more) until the marshmallows have puffed.  Stir together, breaking down the puffed marshmallows into a sticky sauce.  

Add popped popcorn and nuts and stir together.  *I wait to plug the M&M's in the outside so they don't discolor the 'sticky' marshmallow sauce.  

Butter or spray with cooking spray, a bunt pan.  Pour in popcorn mixture.  Cover and refrigerate or let sit for 1 hour.  To remove from the pan, loosen sides with a knife.  Transfer onto a cake stand or plate by placing the plate upside down on the bunt pan, then inverting it.  Cover with plastic wrap to keep it fresh.

I don't use enough marshmallows in my recipes.  They really are a great ingredient... I can't wait to make more homemade marshmallows this Fall and Winter for my hot chocolate.

Puffed marshmallows after the microwave.

The sticky... yum.

This is how it was served to us for movie night.  What kid wouldn't love it?

You get the idea.

Ready for its flip!

It is Back to School Season!  I've put together a Back to School Guide that will make the beginning of the school year more fun (and manageable!).  These make ahead dinners, easy breakfast recipes and simple desserts will get an A+ from your kids... and will pass the parent taste test, too!

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  1. So upset. Our family's traditional birthday cake recipe posted to the web. Oh the horror!

    Sad to think that we may not have been as uniquely weird as we had always assumed.

    On the bright side, it looks so tasty that I just might have to make myself one. FYI we always did a sheet cake style.

  2. Kiley4:05 PM

    We made the "sticky" bowl version for our family movie night and added Reece's pieces. Super yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Kiley - Reeces pieces is a great idea. of course, i love anything PB... I love to eat it when it is still warm and the m&m's (or reeces pieces) start to melt!

    T.Ruth - So great to hear you're family is in on the secret!

  4. Wow, this is really good. I like it. Look very sweet. I want to try this one. Thanks.

  5. Jenny, just love everything you do.. thanks...

  6. This is going to be a fun little addition to the little 2 year birthday party I am doing this Saturday - it's a brightly colored, with polka dots - petting farm party !!! :)


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