Side Dish | October 21, 2020

Monster Halloween Popcorn

Gooey, chewy, marshmallow popcorn, made to make like a spooky slime monster.  This Monster Halloween Popcorn is so fun and delicious that you’ll come back to this recipe year after year.

Monster halloween popcorn in a large black bowl. The popcorn is green with candy eyeballs.

What Is Monster Halloween Popcorn?

This popcorn is a twist on our Marshmallow popcorn.  We’ve tinted it green and added adorable candy eyes to make it look like a spooky slime monster.  This popcorn is gooey, chewy, and sweet.

halloween popcorn in a white saucepan. There is a white bowl of candy eyeballs to the side.

What Do I Need To Put on My Grocery List?

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 20 cups popped popcorn (6.4 oz, 1 cup of kernels, or 2 standard bags popped)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup karo syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 bags microwave popcorn
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring
  • 1/2 cup candy eyeballs

Ingredients needed for marshmallow popcorn.

How To Make Monster Halloween Popcorn

Preparation

Pop your popcorn.  There are several methods for doing this:

  1. Use microwave popcorn.  You’ll need two 3.4 oz bags popped.
  2. Cook in paperbag. Did you know you can pop popcorn kernels in a paperbag in your microwave just like you do the store-bought kind? Add 1/2 cup of kernels to the bag and cook in the microwave.  You’ll need to pop two bags worth.
  3. Air popper – this is what I grew up on. You’ll need to use about a cup of kernels.
  4. Stir crazy – follow instructions for oil to kernel ratio to pop about 20 cups of popcorn.

Halloween popcorn in a small black bowl. The bowl is stacked atop 3 empty bowls. There is a large bowl of green popcorn in the background.

1. Combine sugar, karo syrup, and butter in a large saucepan.

2. While continually stirring, bring to a boil and boil for 1 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp vanilla.

4. Stir in marshmallows until melted.

How to make marshmallow popcorn.

5. Add in 2-3 drops of green food coloring.

6. Stir until well combined.

7. Pour over popcorn, and toss until coated.

8. Add candy eyeballs to the top.

Monster Halloween Popcorn Q&A

If I’m using microwave popcorn, what kind should I use?

Use your favorite. Light popcorn, movie theatre, or butter all work,  just do not use SWEET popcorn, like kettle corn.

How do I store monster halloween popcorn?

IF there are leftovers store them in a air tight container, even a ziplock bag is great. It can stay at room temp.

Can I make this ahead?

Yes! you can make this a day ahead if needed. It will stay pretty dang soft and fluffy until it’s all devoured.

Can I make popcorn balls with this recipe?

YES! Marshmallow popcorn is pretty sticky in texture so making a ball will not be problem. Once the mixture is all combined instead of leaving it in the bowl to cool I recommend laying it out on parchment paper. When it is still warm but not hot form them into popcorn balls and let cool.

Monster halloween popcorn in small black bowls. There are plastic spiders scattered around.

I love Halloween Recipes. Do You Have More?

Check out our:

Witch Finger Breadsticks

Bloody Shirley Temples

Witch Hat Cookies

monster popcorn in small black bowls. There are plastic spiders scattered around.

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Monster halloween popcorn in a large black bowl. The popcorn is green with candy eyeballs.
Monster Halloween Popcorn
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Gooey, chewy, marshmallow popcorn, made to make like a spooky slime monster.  This Monster Halloween Popcorn is so fun and delicious that you'll come back to this recipe year after year.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy corn, popcorn recipe
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 496 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 20 cups popcorn (2 standard bags popped)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup karo syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2-3 drops green food coloring
  • 1/4 cup candy eyes
Instructions
  1. Prepare by popping your popcorn.

  2. In a large saucepan, combing butter, sugar, and karo syrup.

  3. While continually stirring, bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute.

  4. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir.

  5. Add in mini-marshmallows and stir until melted.

  6. Add 2-3 drops of green food coloring and stir until combined.

  7. Pour over popped popcorn and toss until coated. Add candy eyes.

Recipe Notes

Pop your popcorn.  There are several methods for doing this:

  1. Use microwave popcorn.  You'll need two 3.4 oz bags popped.
  2. Cook in paperbag. Did you know you can pop popcorn kernels in a paperbag in your microwave just like you do the store-bought kind? Add 1/2 cup of kernels to the bag and cook in the microwave.  You'll need to pop two bags worth.
  3. Air popper - this is what I grew up on. You'll need to use about a cup of kernels.
  4. Stir crazy - follow instructions for oil to kernel ratio to pop about 20 cups of popcorn.

If I'm using microwave popcorn, what kind should I use?

Use your favorite. Light popcorn, movie theatre, or butter all work,  just do not use SWEET popcorn, like kettle corn.

How do I store monster halloween popcorn?

IF there are leftovers store them in a air tight container, even a ziplock bag is great. It can stay at room temp.

Can I make this ahead?

Yes! you can make this a day ahead if needed. It will stay pretty dang soft and fluffy until it’s all devoured.

Can I make popcorn balls with this recipe?

YES! Marshmallow popcorn is pretty sticky in texture so making a ball will not be problem. Once the mixture is all combined instead of leaving it in the bowl to cool I recommend laying it out on parchment paper. When it is still warm but not hot form them into popcorn balls and let cool.

Nutrition Facts
Monster Halloween Popcorn
Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 346mg15%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 68g23%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 51g57%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 606IU12%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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