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Rocky Road Gourmet Popcorn Recipe

Need a gourmet popcorn recipe?  Try this caramel corn popcorn tossed with chocolate, marshmallows and peanuts.  It’s like Crack Jack meets Rocky Road.  Ever crave a snack that’s both salty and sweet?  Crunchy and chewy?  Why not have it all with this gourmet popcorn recipe?  The stick-to-your-teeth yumminess is the perfect combination of these classic flavor.

Rocky Road Gourmet Popcorn Recipe



10-12 cups popped popcorn (approx ½ cup kernels)
14-oz bag of wrapped caramels
3 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons butter
16-oz jar of lightly salted peanuts
10.5-oz bag of mini marshmallows
11.5-oz bag of milk chocolate chips

Prepping the Popcorn
Using an air popper, pop 1 batch (approx. 1/2 cup of kernels) of popcorn into a large mixing bowl. Protect your teeth and remove any unpopped kernels before adding in peanuts.

Cooking the Caramel

Melting the Caramels

Melt unwrapped caramels, butter and water in medium sauce pan over low heat until combined. Pour over popcorn and peanuts. Toss to coat.  You can also melt in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until caramel just begins to bubble.

Baking the Popcorn Mix

Toss to Coat and Spread in Pan

Spread popcorn mixture onto two greased cookie sheets and bake at 300 degrees for 10-12 minutes, stirring once during baking. For chewier caramel, shorten baking time to 8 minutes. For Cracker Jack-like popcorn, cook full 12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on pan.

Rocky Road! Adding the Marshmallows and Chocolate

Drizzle with chocolate

Once cooled, break popcorn into smaller pieces and return to a clean, large mixing bowl. Add marshmallows, toss and spread a single layer on cookie sheet. Melt chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl until smooth. Drizzle chocolate over popcorn and marshmallows, covering each piece with a thin line of chocolate. Let cool again until chocolate is set.


Store popcorn in an air-tight container or package in cellophane bags for gifting.  Each pan makes 6 4-oz servings, total of 12 servings, approximately $1 per serving.

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Enjoy! This is my favorite (and economical) gourmet popcorn recipe!

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  1. Lissa 05/31/2015 at 4:20 am

    This recipe is fantastic. I made it and everyone I shared it with asked me where I bought the popcorn. No one could believe it was home made. And it was so delicious.

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  4. Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) 12/21/2012 at 4:27 pm

    Amy! You evil genius! I’m such a fan of popcorn anything. Putting this on the list of things to make over the Christmas break.

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  7. BreAnne 12/01/2011 at 4:34 pm

    To share the love, I just Pinned you! Thanks for always feeding our hearts and tummies!

  8. Kristen 12/01/2011 at 2:47 pm

    This looks dangerously delicious!

    • Amy 12/01/2011 at 2:58 pm

      Beware! Boredom is the mother of all invention. I made this one Saturday night after scouring the house for a treat that fit every craving–and I think I discarded all the evidence before having to share