I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but I like to alternate between easy recipes and more complicated ones each week on the blog. Kind of how I like to schedule my baking endeavors – I don’t attempt two layer cakes with buttercream flowers in a row, but prefer to reward myself with a straight forward, yet still very delicious, recipe in between. Fancy popcorn recipes (like this funfetti cake batter one or this cookies and cream one) are soo easy to put together and are always huge crowd pleasers. Since s’mores is such a popular summertime flavor, I thought it would make a great treat for our housewarming party a few weeks ago. And no surprise, chocolate, marshmallows, graham cracker cereal, and popcorn make a great combination!
The hardest part of this recipe for me was finding the ingredients around my neighborhood in Manhattan. The grocery stores are smaller, carry less of a variety of baking items than the big suburban stores I’m used to, and of course they’re more expensive. I had to go to three stores to find mini marshmallows! But at the same time it’s kind of awesome to have three grocery stores within a five minute walking radius of our apartment. Running to the store because you forgot one ingredient is so much less of a big deal here! Anyway, this popcorn was totally worth the many trips around Hell’s Kitchen to find everything and I couldn’t stop sneaking a handful throughout the party. The other popcorn recipes I’ve done all involved white chocolate, and although the semisweet makes the popcorn look a bit messier, I think it goes well with a rustic campfire theme. Plus, once all of the chocolate is set it’s no longer messy, just really yummy.
There’s a variety of ways you could make s’mores popcorn – with crushed up graham crackers instead of Golden Graham cereal, with Mallow Bits instead of mini marshmallows (which are found near the hot chocolate, in case you spend forever looking for them in your grocery store like I did), and with whatever kind of popcorn and chocolate that you like! Enjoy this popcorn and enjoy the last few weeks of campfire season with plenty of s’mores treats :)
2 bags microwave kettle corn (about 8 cups)
3 cups Golden Grahams cereal
1-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1-1/2 cups melting chocolate (I used Baker's)
Prepare 2 baking sheets with wax paper and set aside. Pop the popcorn according to package's directions. In a very large bowl, combine the popcorn, cereal, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Toss everything together until evenly distributed.
Lay out the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets and melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, mixing well between each interval until completely smooth. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn and allow the chocolate to set. Once hardened, transfer to a large serving bowl and enjoy!