Unicorns, the mythical horse-like creatures with a single magical horn, have existed in literature since the time of ancient Greece. We however think of them as one of the pretty pastel creatures that live in the land of My Little Pony from the long ago time of the 1980’s. But guess what? Unicorns are popular again with young (and not so-young) girls and at the request of the young girl in our life we have created an adorable Sweet and Salty Unicorn Popcorn that we hope you will love as much as we do!
How to Make Unicorn Popcorn
You will need:
- 10 Cups of Popped Popcorn
- 3 tbsp. Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
- 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
- M&M’s – Pink, Yellow and Light Blue
- Pastel Sprinkles
- Star Sprinkles
- Rainbow Marshmallows from Lucky Charm Cereal
- Unicorn Stuffed Animal
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 Unicorn 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 Unicorn Popcorn. We used a handful of Pink, Yellow and Light Blue M&M’s. You can find these colors of M&M’s at any candy store, Party City or the My M&M’s Website. They are also the colors in the Easter Holiday M&M mix if you have a bag of those hanging around. We pulled some rainbow marshmallows out of a box of Lucky Charms cereal and we gathered up some pastel colored sprinkles.
We made the Unicorn Horns out of Pink and Yellow Starbursts. Cut a triangle piece of Starburst candy and use your hands to mold it into a funnel shape (see 2nd image above). Twist a yellow piece and a pink piece of candy together to form the unicorn horn.
Here are our Unicorn horns make out of Starburst candy … adorable and tasty. Is there anything better?
Now it is time to add the candy. Don’t wait too long after you pour the popcorn onto the cookie sheet. You want the marshmallow mixture to still be warm and sticky. Sprinkle the candy and the sprinkles onto the popcorn, concentrating on the areas with the most drizzled marshmallow mixture. Allow the Unicorn 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 it absorbs some of the moisture from the marshmallow mixture but it still tastes good.
Our Unicorn Popcorn is a fun and delicious party treat. And it is so easy to make. It’s also great for a family movie night. Dare we say that it will be … magical?
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