Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn
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This is the best recipe for fun and easy salted caramel Easter popcorn that your family will love! It would be perfect for a spring party or for your kids' classroom.
Recipe type: dessert
  • *makes about 8 cups of popcorn
  • 6 cups plain popped popcorn* (make sure you discard unpopped kernels!)
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped salted pretzels
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling later on
  • ¼ cup water
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • Drop of red food coloring to make the popcorn pink for Easter (might take 1 extra drop to get the right shade), optional
  • 1½ cups Easter Peanut M&M's
  1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and pretzels. Set aside.
  2. To make the caramel:
  3. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil, undisturbed, until mixture is amber in color, for about 8-12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream. Be careful because the mixture will bubble up. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add vanilla extract, marshmallows, and drop of red food coloring into the pan. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  5. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pretzels and gently stir with a rubber spatula until popcorn is well coated. Stir in the M&M's. Transfer mixture to a large baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool completely.
  6. *Note
  7. -I used air popped popcorn, but stove or microwave popcorn will work as well. I also used Easter Peanut M&M's but feel free to use your favorite M&M's or other Easter candy. Robin Eggs or Mini Cadbury Eggs would be good!
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