Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Brown Butter Marshmallow Popcorn

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When I saw this recipe for Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn, I just knew I had to make it.  Rice Krispies Treats are one of my favorite snacks, and well, you all know how much I love popcorn.  The only thing is, I noticed in a couple of the comments that the popcorn would get really, really hard after it cooled down, and I wanted something more like the softer texture of Rice Krispies treats rather than caramel corn.

I figured the reason it was getting hard was the addition of brown sugar, so I decided to stick with a more traditional Rice Krispies treat recipe with just marshmallows and butter.  But I couldn't help tweaking it a bit based on my friend Ilene's Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats post by first browning the butter and adding some vanilla bean and salt.

Brown Butter Marshmallow Popcorn

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1/2 vanilla bean
1 10 oz. bag mini marshmallows
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
9 cups popped popcorn (unpopped kernels removed)

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In a large pot, melt the butter on low heat.

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Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds.  Add to the melted butter.

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Continue to cook the butter on low until the milk solids start to brown.

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Remove from heat, add the salt and mini marshmallows and stir to combine.

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Return the pot to low heat and stir to completely melt the marshmallows.

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Once the marshmallows have completely melted, add the popcorn and stir to combine.

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Line a baking dish with parchment paper and spray with baking spray.  Pour the popcorn into the dish and allow to cool.

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The cooled popcorn never got as crunchy as Rice Krispies Treat do, but that might be because I didn't use a full 9 cups of popcorn and the popcorn to marshmallow ratio was off.  I really loved how the vanilla bean and browned butter brought the marshmallows and popcorn to a-whole-nother level.  When I make this again, I'd probably add more salt and maybe some butter flavoring to reinforce the popcorn flavor (as well as make sure I have enough popcorn to start off with). Or just use a bag of butter flavored microwave popcorn!  =)

2 comments:

  1. This looks GOOOOOOD! I'll have to try it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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