A great baking activity or treat for class parties, gifting to your Valentines, or my favorite is movie night snacking.
Valentine’s Day Popcorn Ingredients
- Saucepan: It can be on the small side because all we will do is melt the butter and marshmallows in it.
- Bowl: You will want this to be the biggest one you got. It has to hold a lot of goodies and you have to be able to stir it without flinging stuff everywhere.
- Baking Sheet: Line it with some parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. This is so the marshmallow doesn’t make the popcorn snack mix stick to it.
How to Make Valentine’s Day Popcorn
1. IN A BIG BOWL COMBINE SNACK MIX INS– popcorn, mini pretzels, corn squares cereal, half the M&M’s, and half of the conversation hearts.
2. MELT BUTTER AND MINI MARSHMALLOWS in a small saucepan until both are smooth and well combined.
3. POUR MELTED MARSHMALLOW OVER SNACK MIX and fold together until everything is coated.
4. SMOOTH ONTO A BAKING SHEET and allow the Valentine’s Day Popcorn snack mix to harden and dry.
Any leftovers can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container or sealable bag. It is best eaten within 3 days but still edible until it is stale. I live in a very dry climate so mine tends to last a lot longer than 3 days.
I do not recommend refrigerating or freezing your Valentine’s Day Popcorn.
Gifting Valentine’s Day Popcorn
I absolutely love making this popcorn snack mix to package up for gifts. It’s great for your kid’s school parties, your BFF’s at the Galentine’s Day party, or even your neighbor or mailman.
Here’s a few ways I would package it up for Valentine’s Day (with a handwritten Valentine of course):
- Place a cup or two of the popcorn snack mix into clear or colored cellophane baggies. Tie it off with festive ribbon or kitchen twine.
- Add the popcorn snack mix to a small canister or Valentine’s themed box and add a red bow to the top.
- Decorate paper lunch bags (with markers, stickers, or stamps), place the popcorn snack mix inside and staple the bag on the top. Add a small, stick-on bow for pizzaz.
Fun Variations To Try
Although this recipe tastes amazing as written, you can customize your Valentine’s Day Popcorn to make it your own.
COAT IT IN CHOCOLATE- Not a fan of marshmallows? No problem, swap them out for white chocolate or colored candy melts. You won’t need the unsalted butter or mini marshmallows if you opt for chocolate.
ADD OR SWAP IN YOUR FAVORITE GOODIES- This can be anything from roasted nuts to freeze-dried strawberries, Valentine’s Day themed sprinkles, a red or pink chocolate drizzle, other types of cereal, or mini chocolate chips. The list goes on and on, you cannot mess this up.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
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Valentine’s Day Popcorn
- baking sheet - large, prepared with parchment paper and non-stick cooking spray
- saucepan - small
- bowl - large
- 5 cups plain popcorn
- 1 cup mini pretzels
- 1 cup corn squares cereal
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- ¼ cup M&Ms - the pink, red, and white bag
- ¼ cup conversation hearts
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
- In a large bowl combine plain popcorn, mini pretzels, corn squares cereal, half of the M&M's and half of the conversation hearts, set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add mini marshmallows and stir continually until they are melted.
- Remove from heat and pour the melted marshmallows over the popcorn snack mix. Fold until everything is well coated and combined.
- Pour popcorn snack mix onto the baking sheet, spread it out slightly. Immediately sprinkle with the remaining M&M's and conversation hearts
- Allow it to dry before breaking into pieces and enjoying.
- At room temperature, in an airtight container or sealable bag, for up to 3 days or until stale.
- I do not recommend refrigerating or freezing it.
Metric conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information.