Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn

Oh My GOD.  How many of you buy a bag of marshmallows for s’mores or some recipe and end up with some leftover, and then it just sits there getting stale and you have no idea what else to use them in?!  This happens all the time.  Jayesh always looks pointedly at me when he sees a clipped bag of marshmallows in the back of the fridge.  Well now I’ve found a delicious use for them!

Almost always I have to have popcorn while watching a movie.  It reminds me of my weekly trips to the cinema with my mother.  We used to share a soda and a bag of popcorn with extra butter.  It was our thing.  Also reminds me of my grandfather-he LOVED popcorn.  He’d always ask me to pop a bag, especially when his throat was itchy from a cold.  He said he liked the way they scratched his throat on the way down.

So I’ve got a lot of fond memories tied up to these delicious little kernels.  Now I always like to top my popcorn with something other than butter.  I use pepper, red pepper, garlic powder, garlic chutney, etc.  I also like to dip them in salsa or sour cream.  Usually I like it savory, but every once in a while I have a sweet tooth and like to add caramel or something of the sort.  So here’s what you need.

 

Brown Sugar

Butter

Marshmallows

Popcorn (popped)

The brown sugar and butter should be 1:1 ratio.  Melt those in the microwave and mix.  Add in some marshmallows and microwave a little at a time and keep stirring.  The marshmallows inflate and make it hard to mix if you do a long period of time.  Pour this mix over your popcorn and ENJOY!!!

 

Does anyone else dress their popcorn, how do you do it?

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Ugly Pie

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.  We decided to take it easy this year and just have a little meal at home.  The heat is just unbearable so going to a picnic anywhere seemed unrealistic.  Especially with the little man.  We just grilled up some brats and I made my famous watermelon salad.  We also had potato salad and a really delicious dessert.  What was for dessert you ask?!!!!

Recipe courtesy of my good friend Belkis.  (Go visit her blog: belkiscruz.wordpress.com)

I call it Ugly Pie because it’s pretty ugly when I scoop it onto my plate…but so SO good.  It’s incredibly simple, and goes down really easy.  It’s a nice light dessert for the summertime.

Here’s what you need:

1.5 Graham cracker packets

A tub of Cool whip

8 oz of softened cream cheese

2 packets instant chocolate pudding

sugar

1/2 stick of butter (melted)

Mash up the graham crackers, add sugar and melted butter and mix it all up.  To take this crust over the top add a few shakes of cinnamon.

Pat that graham cracker mix into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Make sure it’s packed tight.  If the graham cracker mixture isn’t sticking to itself add more butter.

Next mix together half of the cool whip and the cream cheese.  Mix until it is fluffy and lay it down on top of the crust.

Make the chocolate pudding according to the instructions on the packet.  It should be 2 cups of cold milk and mix until it sets.  Once it sets pour it over the cream cheese/cool whip layer.  Add the rest of the cool whip on top and decorate with graham crackers.  I decorated with Oreos because I didn’t want to open another pack of graham crackers.

Let it sit in the fridge to set a little and dig in!

I didn’t take a picture of it scooped out because we weren’t patient and didn’t let it sit in the fridge to harden.  It was a mess, but I don’t care, it was SO good.