First make some popcorn. You can use microwave popcorn if you really have to but we recommend you make it the old fashion way on the stove. It is surprisingly easy. This is how I do it. Pour 2 Tbsp. (or so depending on how big of a pan you use) of oil in the bottom of a medium/large pan. The oil should generously cover the bottom of the pan. Heat pan over Medium/High heat. Put 3 test popcorn kernels in the pan. After the test kernels pop, add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels to the pan. Take the pan off the heat when the sound of kernels popping slows down. Easy Peasy. And popcorn cooked this way tastes so much better than popcorn from the microwave.
Once you have the popcorn made, salt it liberally. It is so nice to taste the salty with the sweet marshmallow coating. Not quite like Kettle Corn but close. Then make sure you pull out all of the un-popped kernels. You don’t want to bite into one of those!
Now make the marshmallow mixture. Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a medium sauce pan. Once the butter is melted add 3 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melted. Turn off the heat. Add a couple of drops of yellow food coloring and mix yellow. When you have a bright yellow color, add in one very small drop of blue food coloring and mix. That combination should get you the perfect “Grouch Green”.
Slowly pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold the marshmallow mixture in with the popcorn until it is mostly covered. Add the marshmallow mixture to your own taste. The more you add, the stickier the popcorn will be so we suggest that you add it a bit at a time, stir the popcorn and give it a taste before you add more.
Now pour the popcorn onto a cookie sheet covered with foil or a silpat liner. Drizzle a little bit of the remaining marshmallow mixture over the popcorn but do not mix it up. You will need the mixture at the top so the candy will have something to stick stick to.
Here is the candy that I added to our Candy Corn Popcorn. I used 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows and red M&M’s.
Don’t wait too long to add the candy. You want the marshmallow mixture to still be warm and sticky. Sprinkle the candy and mini marshmallows onto the popcorn, concentrating on the areas with the drizzled marshmallow mixture. Allow the popcorn to cool. Break apart into pieces and serve.