Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn

I have been debating for a few days now whether or not to start posting Easter recipes. But what the heck, why not get in the Easter mood a little early this year. This sweet and salty popcorn treat comes from the blog Two Peas and Their Pod. They combine popcorn and chocolate pretzels M&M's into a salted caramel marshmallow mixture that sounds and looks absolutely decadent! The perfect treat to have your guests snack on before and after dinner.

Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn
Photo from Two Peas and Their Pod

6 cups plain popped popcorn
2 cups coarsely chopped salted pretzels 
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 drop of red food coloring if you want to make it pink for easter 
1 1/2 cup Easter Pretzel M&M's 

In a large bowl combine popcorn and chopped pretzels.  Set aside. In a saucepan combine sugar, salt and water.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil undisturbed until amber in color (about 8-12 minutes). Remove the pan from heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble up, so be careful. Stir until smooth and add in vanilla extract, marshmallows and red food coloring. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is completely smooth.
Pour the marshmallow batter over the popcorn mixture and gently stir with a rubber spatula until popcorn is completely coated.  Stir in the Easter Pretzel M&M's.  Transfer mixture to large baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt.  Allow to cool completely. 

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