Rocky Road Gourmet Popcorn Recipe

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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.


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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.