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.