Well, August is finally upon us, and around this time every year I begin to see hope for some relief from the hot weather not too far away. Although, I really can’t complain as this year has been one of the mildest summers I think I have ever experienced. Still…
To continue with my series of easy and inexpensive activities for kids, lets make a popcorn cake, shall we?
This is a cake I think just about any child (and adult!) would love; popcorn, gumdrops, peanuts, and melted marshmallows; it sounds like a creation fresh out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.
With minimal effort, you can have this cake ready to eat in no time – which is good, unless you happen to have/know a child with an unusual amount of patience!
Oh by the way, a big bonus is no use of the oven needed!
~ Please do not make the mistake I did, and end up with a popcorn + kernel cake… I used the microwave kind of popcorn and wasn’t sure how I would sift out the kernels so they ended up in the cake! Yeah, that’s me…no worries though, my nieces never ate the actual cake, just some of the leftover mixture which the kernels could be picked out of – but lesson learned: don’t use the microwave kind of popcorn! (and yes, I’m sure it was sheer stupidity to use it in the first place…)
With a mixture of popcorn, gumdrops, and melted marshmallows, this is a sure pleaser!
4 quarts popped corn
1 pound small gumdrops
1/2 pound salted peanuts (totally optional, I left them out!)
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1 pound marshmallows
Multi-colored sprinkles, optional
In a large bowl, combine popcorn, gumdrops and peanuts (you may have to use your hands).
In a large saucepan over medium high heat, melt butter, oil and marshmallows until marshmallows are thoroughly melted and mixture is smooth.
Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn/candy mixture. Stir (again, you may have to use your hands some) until combined.
Place in a generously (and I do mean GENEROUSLY) buttered tube/bundt pan.
Once the mixture has cooled, turn out onto a serving plate.
Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.
Must be prepared the same day it is served.