Circus Animal Popcorn

Circus Animal Cookies are a guilty pleasure of ours.  They conjure up Memories of childhood and Grandma’s house and special treats.  Also … they taste good.  So they seemed like a good fit for our Sweet and Salty Popcorn series.  And so … we give you Circus Animal Popcorn. and boy does it taste delicious!

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This popcorn definitely tastes best right after it is made but will keep for a few days in an airtight container. The popcorn is a little chewier the next day because it absorbs some of the moisture from the marshmallow mixture but it still tastes good.

  • 10 Cups of Popped Popcorn
  • 3 tbsp. Butter (Sweet Cream, Salted)
  • 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • Circus Animal Cookies
  • Rainbow Nonpareil Sprinkles

  1. Start with approximately 10 cups of popcorn. Make sure you get out all of the un-popped kernels.  You don’t want to bite down on one of those!  We pop our popcorn on the stove but you can use air-popped or microwave.  Once you have the popcorn made, salt it liberally.  It is so nice to taste the salty with the sweet marshmallow coating.  Not quite like Kettle Corn but close.
  2. To make the Marshmallow Mixture for the Circus Animal Popcorn, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium sauce pan.  Once the butter is melted, add 3 cups of mini marshmallows. Stir until the marshmallows are melted.  Turn off the heat as soon as the last marshmallow has melted.
  3. Slowly pour the marshmallow mixture over the salted popcorn. Gently fold the marshmallow mixture in with the popcorn until the popcorn is mostly covered.
  4. The amount of marshmallow mixture you want to add is really up to your own taste. The more you add, the stickier the popcorn will be so we suggest that you add it a bit at a time, stir the popcorn and give it a taste before you add more.  Leave a little bit of the marshmallow mixture for the next step.
  5. Now pour the popcorn onto a cookie sheet covered with foil or a silpat liner.  Drizzle a little bit of the remaining marshmallow mixture over the popcorn but do not mix it up. You will need the mixture at the top so the Circus Cookies will have something to stick to.
  6. Sprinkle the popcorn with Rainbow Nonpareils.  We found these at the grocery store and they are the exactly the same kind of sprinkles that are on the Circus Animal Cookies.  So pretty!
  7. Now break apart some Circus Animal Cookies into bit sized pieces to add to the popcorn.  We broken them in the half – that worked fine.
  8. Now it is time to add the cookies.  Don’t wait too long after you pour the popcorn onto the cookie sheet. You want the marshmallow mixture to still be warm and sticky. Sprinkle the cookie pieces onto the popcorn, concentrating on the areas with the most drizzled marshmallow mixture.  Allow the Circus Animal Popcorn to cool. Break apart into pieces and serve.