Snacktime: Sticky Popcorn

Here in the Practical Cook household, we’re very fond of popcorn. Good for people of most ages, and the perfect accompaniment to movies and road trips (don’t ask about the latter), popcorn has so much potential. Serve it simply with butter and salt, fancy it up with some Parmesan cheese (hello, Microplane), or turn it into a candy-bomb that I can’t keep my hands off of. Oops. Read on if you dare.

Sticky Popcorn with White Chocolate, Marshmallows, Cashews, and Dried Cranberries

Sticky Popcorn with White Chocolate, Marshmallows, Cashews, and Dried Cranberries

Yes, the Practical Cook may have to add another whole food group to her personal watch list (up there with peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies). As in “watch it disappear in my presence.” This stuff is crunchy, sticky, sweet, salty, chewy, complete addiction-inducing snack goodness.

Ever a fan of marshmallows and white chocolate, when this came across the Twitter transom, retweeted by bell’alimento (check out her blog, talk about eating with your eyes—the food pics are amazing!), I ran to the kitchen.

But I digress, here’s the recipe link:  http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/03/30/white-chocolate-cranberry-cashew-popcorn/

The Practical Cook's Pantry Staples

The Practical Cook's Pantry Staples

Should I be embarrassed to admit publicly that marshmallows and white chocolate chips are Practical Cook pantry staples? (The cashews and dried cranberries don’t feel quite as blush-worthy, though they are always here as well.) Does it further surprise you that I made a few adjustments to the suggested recipe? No? Well here they are, named “sticky popcorn” by the youngest:

The Practical Cook Sticky Popcorn Recommendations:

Homemade Microwaveable Popcorn (aka, Popcorn in a Brown Bag)

Homemade Microwaveable Popcorn (aka, Popcorn in a Brown Bag)

  • Add more dried cranberries. This recipe is not as “chunky” as Cracker Jacks, and the more fruit the merrier, I say.
  • Use homemade popped popcorn instead of microwaved in a bag. I did microwave some plain popcorn in a plain brown bag to save some time, but next time I’ll either air-pop or pop on the stove.
  • Add some butter if you’re not using butter flavored.
  • Include a healthy pinch of salt if you’re not using flavored popcorn, if your butter is unsalted, etc.
  • Melt the butter and marshmallows together on the stovetop and then mixing with the popcorn and extras  in the classic krispie treat fashion.

The Practical Cook has already made a few key amendments to the weekly shopping list to accommodate the need for more testing.

The Mixing of the Sticky Popcorn

The Mixing of the Sticky Popcorn

Look for Rocky Road Sticky Popcorn and Butterscotch with Peanuts and Popcorn (think Haystacks with Popcorn) in the not-too-distant future. Submit your flavor combo requests and suggestions to practical cook at gmail dot com

Tomorrow, we’re going to come off the sugar high with some field candy, with One Ingredient, Three Ways: Kale Edition. It can be sweet, just trust me.

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