Marshmallow Popcorn


It’s the weekend…you’re ready for a break…you decide to party…and a movie is definitely in order…but first, you need a snack. A fast snack. Hmm. If you’re like me, you stare into the treat cupboard (yes, I have a treat cupboard…is that pathetic? Or just plain awesome??), and nothing appeals to you. You want something warm, melty, and gooey good. But what? Well, my friends, have I got the solution for you. If you have microwave popcorn, butter, brown sugar and marshmallows on hand, you are in luck. Within five minutes you will have yourself a fantastic movie snack! Thanks to Natalie who pinterested (that can be a verb, right?) this recipe, we now have the answer to the age-old dilemma, what are we going to snack on? It’s like rice krispy treats meets caramel popcorn. Now that would make a good movie . . . .


1 bag microwave popcorn

1/3 cup butter

1/3 c brown sugar

2¼ c miniature marshmallows


Pop popcorn in microwave according to package directions. Empty into bowl and remove unpopped kernels. Set aside.


Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add brown sugar and marshmallows and stir until melted. Pour over popped corn. Stir until popcorn is evenly coated. Once cool, store in airtight container.

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43 Responses to Marshmallow Popcorn

  1. Jan Jardine says:

    Doesn’t EVERYONE have a treat cupboard? This recipe looks so good, but my microwave won’t do popcorn anymore. I could pop it at work though.

    • Carol says:

      Jan, you’re always there for some good commiserating. Thanks!! I’m so glad to know that a treat cupboard is normal “behavior.” A microwave that won’t do popcorn? That’s tragic! I know what you need for Christmas . . . .

  2. Nichole D. says:

    Found via Pinterest – DANG I wish I had some marshmallows. And a treat cupboard. I wonder how it would come out with flavored marshmallows? Thanks for sharing!!

    • Carol says:

      You are so welcome! I hear ya . . . I am always wishing I had ingredients on hand. When you hear about something good, you want to make it now!! Right?? I bet flavored marshmallows would be good. :)

      • Nichole D. says:

        This is. SO. GOOOD. If anyone else is curious, I made popcorn on the stove with 1/3 of a cup of popcorn and upped the butter and sugar to 1/2 a cup (for each) and the marshmallows to 3 cups, since it makes more popcorn than a bag of microwaved stuff. Thanks again for the recipe!!

      • Deb says:

        Try sprinkling in a little of your favorite flavor of jello for color and taste!

    • Carol S. says:

      Hey Nichole, I had no marshmallows in the cabinet either. but, I did have the butter and brown sugar. I took the 1/3 cup of each the sugar and butter and microwaved this for about 30 seconds. I then thought about the sticky gooey part and added a squirt of maple syrup and microwaved this till the mixture boiled. I then quickly stirred it over the bag of popcorn and am now enjoying a caramel corn kinda sticky delight. Yummmm!!

  3. Kerri says:

    O my goodness this is sooo good! It is like adult rice crispy treats! Would only be better if I were at the fair eating it :)

    • Carol says:

      No kidding, isn’t food always better at the fair? Kind of like when you’re camping . . . the food tastes SO much better. Glad you liked it!! :)

  4. Jenny says:

    I made this recipe last night for a party I was having. Ended up making three recipes of it at one time. After stirring, I ended up spreading it into a 9×12 greased (butter) dish and cut it ala Rice Krispie treats.
    Next time I’m going to try rolling them into popcorn balls!
    Thanks for a wonderful recipe!

    • Carol says:

      So glad you liked it . . . that was brilliant to spread it and cut it. Otherwise, just how are you supposed to serve it? :) I also love the popcorn balls idea!!

  5. Lore says:

    Did anyone use buttered popcorn? All I have is movie butter popcorn. I wonder if it would be too much?

  6. Emile says:

    I’m so glad I had all of the ingredients on hand when I found this (via pinterest)! I’m sitting here munching on it trying to keep it out of view of my three year-old. I don’t want to share!

    • Carol says:

      Hi Emile . . . so glad you like it. I love that you had all the ingredients. Those kind of recipes are the best, huh?!

  7. Elisa says:

    I went to a ladies night at a friends house that made this after seeing it on Pintrest and she made two batches for us. I came home and the next day I had to make a batch! It was fun using the Twirly Whirl popcorn popper for fresh popcorn, my kids helped and loved it. We ate a batch in no time and had to make another! Loooove this, it’s so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carol says:

      You are so welcome! You just have to love those treats that are quick, easy AND good, right? Sounds like I need to add a Twirly Whirl to my wish list. Sounds like so much fun. Nice hearing from you!!

  8. Jk says:

    Could you make this whole recipe in the microwave? I’d like to try it with my students but we don’t have access to a stove :(

    • Carol says:

      Yes, you can make it in the microwave. Melt the butter in a glass bowl in the microwave first. Then add brown sugar and marshmallows and stir until marshmallows are melted, microwaving at 10-second intervals if needed, until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over popped corn, etc. :)

  9. Rebecca says:

    I was thinking of taking this to a family get together at Thanksgiving. How well does it keep? Is it a good make it now eat it later snack?


    • Carol says:

      There is definitely a “gooey” factor that is so good fresh, but this recipe is good the day after too. Just store it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Even the next day it doesn’t get real “tough” as marshmallow recipes sometimes do, probably because the marshmallows aren’t cooked for very long. I’d say if it is served within a day or two, you’d be totally fine. Happy Thanksgiving!! :)

  10. Victoria says:

    I’m not sure what I did wrong but mine turned out more of a caramel colour than the light yellow in the picture…

    • Carol says:

      Hmm…I wonder if your butter browned. Maybe try using the lowest possible heat setting? And only cook the ingredients until the marshmallows are barely melted? Just a few suggestions….

  11. Anonymous says:

    What about marshmallow creme?

    • Carol says:

      I’ve never tried it but from what I read on substituting marshmallow creme for marshmallows, it seems like it should work. Just use 7 ounces of marshmallow creme instead of the 2 1/4 cups marshmallows and cook it as little as possible as marshmallow creme is already somewhat of a liquid. Hope it works. :)

  12. Sara says:

    Can u use marshmallow creme?

    • Carol says:

      Good question. I’ve never tried the recipe with marshmallow creme but after doing some research, seems like it should work. I would use 7 ounces of marshmallow creme instead of the 2 1/4 cups marshmallows and cook it as little as possible as marshmallow creme is already in a melted state. Good luck!

  13. Anonymous says:

    how long does this usually take

    • Carol says:

      The popcorn takes between 2-3 minutes to pop and the marshmallow mixture cooks for maybe 5 minutes, so all in all about 10 minutes total.

  14. K says:

    How do you keep the popcorn from melting? I’ve tried this twice… I am not sure what I am doing wrong :(

    • Carol says:

      Aww, I hate when a recipe doesn’t work. I’m sorry. My best guess is that the marshmallow topping might be too hot. My best suggestion is to make sure you cook the marshmallow topping over low heat and then maybe cool it a bit before pouring over the popcorn. I’d also make sure the popcorn is cool as well. Good luck!!

  15. Anonomys cook says:

    I dont have brown sugar can I substituet it for somthing else.

    • Carol says:

      If you don’t have brown sugar, you can make your own by mixing 1 teaspoon molasses with 1/3 cup granulated sugar. If you don’t have molasses, I’d try just using granulated sugar and see how it turns out. Best of luck!!

  16. RK says:

    This was delish!!! I’m pregnant, and my baby seems to love salty-sweet, crunchy things (it’s not me, I swear! haha). I used a Whirley Pop to make fresh popcorn. Then, 1/2 c salted butter, 1/2 c brown sugar, 3 c marshmallows. I melted the “sauce” in the microwave. The only addition I made was with salt. I sprinkled salt all over it after I was finished…though next time I think would add salt to the sauce before I poured over the popcorn. I think this would be delicious on “puff corn” as well. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Carol says:

      Haha! I love that even your baby has cravings. That’s totally cute. The salt is a brilliant touch. I bet that made it amazing!

  17. Millie + Eliza says:

    Tried to make up our own marshmallow popcorn recipe but it didn’t work. So now we have come to you!! DELICIOUS! Thanks so much for the recipe

  18. Anonymous says:

    Can I add toasted coconut to this recipe?!

    • Carol says:

      What a good idea!! Toasted coconut sounds amazing. I’d definitely try it…maybe just stir it in at the end?!

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