Show your American pride with this easy, irresistible Marshmallow Popcorn Cake. Only 5 ingredients needed for sweet deliciousness!
USA Marshmallow Popcorn Cake
If there was ever a way to show patriotic pride, it's with this delicious red, white, and blue popcorn recipe. It's the perfect color scheme for Memorial Day and 4th of July fun and has the power-packed flavor and taste to go with it.
Whoever thought to turn popcorn into not only a snack but ALSO a dessert is a genius in my book. Because when it comes to eating popcorn, this colorful dessert recipe means that I can literally eat popcorn any time of the day.
If you're looking for a fun food for Independence Day, this is the one you need. Not only does it cut up into nice squares for portion control but it's also a sweet treat that you can just grab and eat as you're mingling with family and friends.
I also love that this simple dessert takes just 5 easy ingredients to make. Because let's be honest - in the middle of July, I don't want to spend a ton of time or energy in a super hot kitchen!
Have fun whipping up this sweet popcorn recipe. The mini marshmallows create that sticky texture we all know and love and the crunch of the M&M's bring it all together perfectly.
Ingredients needed to make Red, White, and Blue Popcorn Bars
Just gather up the list of simple ingredients to get started. (I told you this recipe was simple!)
red and blue food coloring
red and blue M&Ms
How to make Popcorn Bars for the 4th of July
In a large microwavable mixing bowl, melt 1/3 of the marshmallows and 1/3 of the butter together in 30-second intervals.
Stir until smooth.
Add drops of blue food coloring until the desired color is reached.
Stir in 1/3 of popcorn until it is completely coated.
Press mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. (I wet my hands a little to avoid them from sticking.)
Repeat with another third of the mixture to create the white layer.
Finally, repeat with the remaining third to create the red layer.
Finish by sprinkling the M&Ms over top, pressing them down gently.
Chill for 30 minutes before cutting.
Tips For Making Marshmallow Popcorn Cake
As you can see from the directions, this popcorn dessert recipe isn't hard to make at all. However, there are a few tips and tricks that I've learned along the way to share with all of you.
First and foremost, there's a good chance that it's gonna be a bit sticky. (We're dealing with marshmallows, right?) Don't let that deter you at all - just know that you can either wet your hands a tad bit OR rub a bit of butter or coconut oil on them as well.
Be certain that you're heating and mixing the marshmallows and butter in intervals as you don't want it to burn. If you put it in the microwave for one long duration of time and think that it's going to melt, you're going to be in for a shock. Just do it in spurts as the recipe calls for and stir every time in between.
Once you sprinkle on the M&M's, press those puppies down into the mixture. Otherwise, they're not going to stick and you're going to be sweeping up fallen M&M's off the floor for days. (unless you do the 5-second rule and gobble them up - no judgment there!)
Can you freeze this marshmallow dessert?
You can. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you need to be certain to store this treat in an airtight container. If any air gets to it, it's going to cause it to soften and not taste very good.
Can you use microwave popcorn for this recipe?
Yes, but ONLY if it's not flavored. Don't use the movie theater butter flavor or anything like that. (Kettle corn flavor MIGHT be fine but I've never tried it, so I can't be certain.)
The best type of popcorn to use is one that you pop from the kernel on your own, either in an air popper or directly on the stove. I've always found that I actually prefer white kernels to the yellow ones as well but you'll have to play around with them and see which ones you like better.
Variations to this M&M Marshmallow Cake
I think that this no-bake popcorn cake is already pretty perfect as is, but you can always add other fun toppings to your liking! Some fun topping ideas for this popcorn cake with mini marshmallows are:
- Shredded coconut
- Hot fudge drizzle
- Caramel drizzle
- Red and blue sprinkles
And other items such as that. Keep in mind that whatever topping you add, you don't want it to overpower the rest of the flavors of the cake.
As you can see, this popcorn cake is all about celebrating the USA! The red, white, and blue layers of this simple popcorn dessert are the perfect way to show off your pride. This recipe would be PERFECT for fun summer gatherings during any time of the year.
It's also a super fun recipe to make together as a family, too. Since the steps are so easy to follow, there's no reason that the kids can't join in on the fun and help whip this simple dessert up! They'll be so proud that they're part of creating this tasty treat!
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- 4 quarts popped popcorn
- 10 oz mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- red and blue food coloring
- 1/2 cup red and blue M&Ms
- In a large microwaveable mixing bowl, melt 1/3 of the marshmallows and 1/3 of the butter together in 30-second intervals.
- Stir until smooth.
- Add drops of blue food coloring until the desired color is reached.
- Stir in 1/3 of popcorn until it is completely coated.
- Press mixture into a greased 9x13 pan. (I wet my hands a little to avoid them from sticking.)
- Repeat with another third of the mixture to create the white layer.
- Finally, repeat with the remaining third to create the red layer.
- Finish by sprinkling the M&Ms over top, pressing them down gently.
- Chill for 30 minutes before cutting.
Amount Per Serving Calories 287Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 23mgSodium 171mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 2gSugar 25gProtein 2g
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