This Leprechaun Bait for St. Patrick’s Day snacks recipe makes a minty green popcorn party mix – a green popcorn treat any leprechaun and kid will love. The mint flavor in these marshmallow and popcorn clusters add a sweet accent to this snack mix. And, it’s so easy to make, too.
This yummy popcorn and marshmallow party mix recipe makes a fun St. Patrick’s Day gift for friends and teachers at school. Break off pieces and tuck them into cellophane bags. Twist and seal the tops using a decorative green leprechaun ribbon. Everyone will be dancing a jig after one delicious bite of these minty green popcorn clusters!Print
Popped popcorn – 12 cups
Mini marshmallows – 4 cups
Butter, unsalted – 2 Tablespoons
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Green food coloring – 1 Tablespoon
Peppermint extract – 1/4 teaspoon
Candy coated chocolate candy, green colored – 1 cup
FIRST, POP YOUR CORN
You can use an air popper or microwave popcorn, if you like. If you want to pop on the stovetop, get a large saucepan with a lid. Pour enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, and add four popcorn kernels. Cover the pan and place over medium heat.
When the kernels pop, VERY CAREFULLY (because that oil is blazingly hot and can burn you!) add 1/3 to 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels and re-cover the pan.
Shaking the pan constantly to ensure that the kernels don’t burn, while the popcorn pops. Once the pops are 3 to 5 seconds apart, remove the pot from heat.
Pour your popped popcorn onto a parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet. Spread it out and remove any unpopped kernels. Evenly sprinkle a couple pinches salt over the hot popcorn and allow popcorn to cool. Once the popcorn is cool, put the popcorn into a big bowl and set aside.
NEXT, MAKE YOUR MARSHMALLOW MIX
In saucepan set over medium heat, melt marshmallows, butter and salt. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is smooth. Remove the saucepan from the heat, then quickly stir in the peppermint extract and green food coloring.
Toss the marshmallow mixture with the popped popcorn. Let the marshmallow-popcorn mix cool for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it is cool enough to handle. Toss with chocolate candies and give a quick mix.
Spoon popcorn mixture into small clusters, and place onto baking sheet. Repeat with remaining popcorn mixture and let cool completely before serving.
Thanks to the Popcorn Board for the recipe.