We are not from Irish descent and yet when we were kids our mom always cooked a special St. Patrick’s Day meal on March 17th complete with Corned Beef and Cabbage and a “green” dessert. We try to keep up with the tradition (although truth time, sometimes we leave out the cabbage!) and great go-to; green dessert is our sweet and salty St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn. So easy to make and delicious enough for lure a Leprechaun out of hiding.
How to make St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn
You will need:
- 10 Cups of Popped Popcorn
- 3 tbsp. Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
- 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
- Regular M&Ms – Green
- Pretzel M&M’s – Green
- M&M Mini’s – Green
- Lucky Charms Shamrock Marshmallows
- Mini Shamrock Sprinkles
- St. Patrick’s Day 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 St. Patrick’s Day 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 St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn. We pulled out the Shamrock Marshmallows from a box of Lucky Charms cereal. We used a mixture of Green M&M’s in three different types – M&M Minis, Regular M&M’s and Pretzel M&M’s. We also used two different kinds of St. Patrick’s Day 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 St. Patrick’s Day 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 St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn is a fun and delicious St. Patrick’s Day treat. And it is so easy to make. If you are looking for a fun dessert to make for your loved ones on March 17th … give this sweet and salty treat a try!
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