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From the kitchen: Salted Browned Butter Marshmallow Popcorn!

July 31, 2013



Let’s talk about being sneaky at movie theaters. We’ve all been naughty once or twice, I’m sure. I haven’t in at least two decades, but I remember a time when sneaking into a theater for a “double feature” was totally a thing. And stretching the truth to your parents about what movie you were watching (and with whom) was necessary for teenage survival. And smuggling outside food in was totally the norm. Well, ahem, there are some things that never change. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of paying $8+ for popcorn and candy. And to be completely honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of movie theater popcorn anyway. There’s something about that artificial butter that just gives me the heebie-jeebies. So I bring my own. And since I have a sweet tooth, sometimes that homemade popcorn turns into salted browned butter marshmallow popcorn. These things just can’t be helped. This popcorn is supremely gooey and chewy and so, so addictive. I had to use all self-restraint to not eat the whole batch by myself!

Please tell me you sneak food into the movies too? I’m not alone, right? Lie to me if you have to. -xo



Salted Browned Butter Marshmallow Popcorn


1/2 cup un-popped corn kernels (about 8 cups popped)

3 tablespoons oil (olive, canola, or vegetable)

1- 10oz bag marshmallows

1 stick butter

1/2 teaspoon sea salt


Heat oil in a deep stock pot, add kernels and toss to coat. Cover, leaving the lid just slightly open to allow air to escape. Kernels should begin to pop within a few minutes. Agitate pot over the heat as kernels pop. Remove from heat once the popping subsides and transfer to a large bowl.

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat, stirring until browned. You’ll smell a rich, nutty aroma and see little brown bits, that’s good. Lower heat and add marshmallows. Stir until melted. Add salt and popcorn, and stir to combine. Pour popcorn onto prepared baking sheet and press out into one even layer. Let cool and break into small clusters. Voila!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. crystal8011 permalink
    July 31, 2013 12:59 am

    that looks delicious!

  2. July 31, 2013 1:10 am


  3. July 31, 2013 5:16 am

    This is fun. Reblogging it under my cooking with kids blog :).

  4. July 31, 2013 5:45 am

    yum!!!! Sneak food into cinema is totally the way to go!!! hahaha..
    Hope I have a whole bag of this popcorn now!!:D

  5. July 31, 2013 6:57 am

    Yum, if I made these a few days in advance, do you think they would store well? Perfect snack for my girl’s beach weekend!

  6. July 31, 2013 9:10 am

    I love this recipe!! (sort of like rice crispy treats using popcorn!) Thank you for posting it. I’m going to make some….today!

  7. July 31, 2013 9:50 am

    Thanks for the recipe and yes, we sneakπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ™‹

  8. July 31, 2013 10:57 am

    Oh my goodness! Who wouldn’t try to sneak this into the theaters?!!!?! Buttery goodness!

  9. Dr. Fuzz permalink
    July 31, 2013 1:18 pm

    Looks amazing! I may have to go out and buy some marshmallows right this minute.

  10. July 31, 2013 1:35 pm

    I definitely sneak snacks in to the cinema! These would be perfect, it’s like sweets plus popcorn rolled in to one. Delicious!

  11. melinda permalink
    July 31, 2013 2:30 pm

    yummm… does this taste like a salted popcorn rice crispy treat ??

  12. July 31, 2013 3:48 pm

    Wait… What?? Is this real life?! This has somehow managed to combined everything I love most in the world into one AMAZING looking treat! Gahhh I need it now!

    Thanks so much for sharing! :D

  13. July 31, 2013 4:24 pm

    Oh my goodness! Sounds so delicious!

    Can’t wait to give it a go. :)

  14. July 31, 2013 5:34 pm

    Oh my…these sound AMAZING! I think I may just try to make some tonight since its been a rainy, movie kind of day here. Thank you for sharing ;)

    And we always sneak some snacks into the movies ;)

  15. July 31, 2013 8:22 pm

    Yummers…love the pics!

  16. August 1, 2013 4:57 pm

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  17. August 2, 2013 5:38 am

    Looks flavor to popcorns!!!

  18. August 2, 2013 11:59 am

    I made something similar to this via Pinterest before and it was so good! Love your take on it :)

  19. Crista permalink
    August 3, 2013 7:51 pm

    whoa baby! YUM.

  20. Sausage Tarts & Marmalade Rolls permalink
    August 6, 2013 1:11 pm

    wow! I’ll definitely be making this for movie night! xx

  21. August 8, 2013 4:13 am

    Mmm, got to try this!

  22. August 26, 2013 1:48 am

    This looks sooooo good i’ll definitely try it out!

  23. September 19, 2013 9:10 am

    Looks delicious! How many clusters would you say this made?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 19, 2013 10:33 pm

      The batch should easily make about 20-30 cupcake sized clusters.

  24. angelinaliaw permalink
    December 28, 2013 11:32 am

    Reblogged this on A walk by the seaside and commented:
    This looks awesome! :D

  25. Janet permalink
    January 7, 2015 7:35 pm

    We have made this 2 times in a week already. Had some mini marshmallow that needed using. Everyone loved this. Next time I’m going to make 1/2 cup popcorn instead of 1//3 cup……I think it will still cover well, and not waste some in the bottom of pan.

  26. January 7, 2015 7:38 pm

    We have made this 2 times in a week already. Had some mini marshmallow that needed using. Everyone loved this.


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