Friday, December 14, 2012

The 12 Treats of Christmas - 2nd

"On the second day of Christmas, the treat lovingly baked by me...

2 batches of popcorn cake!"

OMG there is NOTHING clean about this recipe. But it is a tradition in  my husband's family, handed down to me by his aunt, so make them I will.  We eat soooooo good, that this treat is okay once a year. And yes, I do make it only once a year.  

This recipe is one of those that you have to control yourself when eating. I can easily eat the whole batch in one sitting. Easily. Thank goodness I only make it once a year.

You need: 
1 10.5 oz bag mini marshmallows 
1 c vanilla chips
6 T butter
12 c air popped popcorn (what for small kernels)
1 c salted peanuts
1 tsp vanilla extract
red & green gumdrops, sliced into small pieces

Melt the butter in large saucepan. Add vanilla chips, stir till melted. Add in marshmallows, stir till melted. Quickly stir in vanilla and peanuts, then remove from heat.  Mix in popcorn (make sure you have removed all kernels and hard pieces) quickly; like a rice krispie treat the marshmallow mixture can get cool fast. 

Spread into buttered baking dish; 13 x 9 or slightly larger.  Using lightly greased wax paper, lightly press mixture down into pan.  Lightly press the gumdrops around the top of the popcorn cake, randomly or in patterns.  Let cool, then enjoy!!  

Also makes a pretty gift. Line cookie tin with wax paper, press warm mix into any shaped pan to make more festive, then give it away in the tin or wrapped in a fun way.

Enjoy!! Come back tomorrow for day 3...Kathy

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