For the past several years my Aunt Janice has hosted Swim Weekend for my mother’s side of the family. (Click here to read about Swim Weekend.) It’s a really fun weekend where we all get together and swim, eat, visit, relax and repeat. My mother always contributes some food. One of the things she makes is Popcorn Cake. She’s been making this since I was little, but when I was little I did not like it. I’m not really sure why I didn’t like it. After all, it contains all things good…Popcorn-good, M and M’s-good, honey roasted peanuts-good, marshmellows-good. She used to make it in a tube pan, but now she just puts it in any type of container. And since M and M’s started making “festive” candies for all holidays she can cater it to whatever we are celebrating. Perhaps I should write the nice folks at Mars Candy and express my thanks?!? This is what it looks like:
Does that not look wonderful?!? Think Rice Krispie treat, but with popcorn, M and M’s and honey roasted peanuts. Run, don’t walk, to the store for the ingredients for this deliciousness. You can thank me later. Even if you had something like this as a child, try it again. In the sage words of my mother, “Try it. Your taste buds may have changed!” This advice has proven true on popcorn cake and many other things. Unfortunately, for my grown up self she is still not correct when it comes to boiled okra. Never will be…
Here’s the recipe for Popcorn Cake:
Pop 3 packages of popcorn, remove all kernels , and let cool.
In a saucepan melt:
1 bag of marshmellows
1 stick of butter
Then add 1/2 c. oil (corrected from original post and comments)
In a large bowl mix your popcorn, bag of M and M’s and can of honey roasted peanuts. Then pour the marshmellow mixture over this. Mix quickly. Once everything is coated with the marshmellow mixture pour it into a greased pan. (My mom uses some kind of tray, but you can use a 9×13 pan…just whatever.) At this point I grease my hands with butter and press it in the pan. Cover it and let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so. Then slice and enjoy!
Please note…my parents enjoy this out of the fridge. I prefer this room temperature. I still do not like boiled okra.
This recipe, and others like it, can be found at Meal Plan Monday.