When Nancy and I were kids, our mom used to make us a special Valentine’s themed dessert every year on February 14th. I think she would have like our Valentine’s Day version of our sweet and salty popcorn recipe. We call it Marshmallow Heart Popcorn and it is just as tasty as it is pretty. Sweet, salty and delicious … our second favorite three words. Say “I Love You” (our #1 favorite three words) with this easy to make Valentine’s Day Treat.
How to make Marshmallow Heart Popcorn
You will need:
- 10 Cups of Popped Popcorn
- 3 tbsp. Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
- 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
- Regular M&Ms – White
- Kraft Heartmallows Marshmallows
- Valentine’s Day Sprinkles
- Heart Sprinkles
Start with approximately 10 cups of popcorn. Make sure you get out all of the un-popped kernels. You don’t want to bite down on one of those! We pop our popcorn on the stove (you can find our directions on How to Make Perfect Popcorn here) but you can use air-popped or microwave. Once you have the popcorn made, salt it liberally. It is so nice to taste the salty with the sweet marshmallow coating. Not quite like Kettle Corn but close.
To make the Marshmallow Mixture for the Marshmallow Heart Popcorn, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium sauce pan. Once the butter is melted, add 3 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melted. Turn off the heat as soon as the last marshmallow has melted.
Slowly pour the marshmallow mixture over the salted popcorn. Gently fold the marshmallow mixture in with the popcorn until the popcorn is mostly covered.
The amount of marshmallow mixture you want to add is really up to your own taste. The more you add, the stickier the popcorn will be so we suggest that you add it a bit at a time, stir the popcorn and give it a taste before you add more. Leave a little bit of the marshmallow mixture for the next step.
Now pour the popcorn onto a cookie sheet covered with foil or a silpat liner. Drizzle a little bit of the remaining marshmallow mixture over the popcorn but do not mix it up. You will need the mixture at the top so the candy will have something to stick to.
Here is the candy that we added to our Marshmallow Heart Popcorn. The Kraft Heartmallows are available during the Valentine Season. We found ours at Target in the Valentine Candy section. We also used white M&M’s. You can find them in the special Valentine’s bags of M&M’s that are available in January and February. If you can’t find those, you can find white M&M’s in any candy store, at Party City or on sites like Amazon. We also used two different kinds of Valentines sprinkles (see the links above.)
Once the popcorn is covered in marshmallow mixture it is time to add the candy. But don’t wait too long. You want the marshmallow mixture to still be warm and sticky. Sprinkle the candy onto the popcorn, concentrating on the areas with the most drizzled marshmallow mixture. Allow the Marshmallow Heart Popcorn to cool. Break apart into pieces and serve.
Our family loves this popcorn so it has never lasted longer than a day at our house. This popcorn definitely tastes best right after it is made but will keep for a few days in an airtight container. The popcorn is a little chewier the next day because the popcorn absorbs some of the moisture from the marshmallow mixture but it still tastes good.
Our Marshmallow Hearts Popcorn is a fun and delicious Valentine’s Day treat. And it is so easy to make. If you are looking for a fun dessert to make for your loved ones this Valentines … give this sweet and salty treat a try!
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