October 17, 2006

Pink Peppermint Popcorn Bars

7 cups plain, popped popcorn*
3 cups mini marsmallows**
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract**
red food coloring
cooking spray
Spray a small saucepan with cooking spray. Melt mini marshmallows, few drops of food coloring and peppermint extract over low heat, stirring occasionally with a greased spatula. Pour all of the popcorn in a very large bowl. Once the marshmallows are melted, pour over the popcorn and stir (using the greased spatula) until throughly mixed. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan and flatten as needed. Allow to cool and cut into bars.

*pick through for the unpopped "old maids" or you may lose a tooth.
** or you could use peppermint marshmallows
My thoughts:
I had heard about pink popcorn bars on a nostalgic candy website and was intrigued. I couldn't find too many details about what they were other than pink and made of popcorn. I think they are basically pink candy coated popcorn bars but I could be wrong. Anyway, tonight is Gilmore Girls night and you know how I like to make a treat. So I thought about what I would want in a pink popcorn bar and knew it would be marshmallow. And what goes better with pink marshmallow than peppermint? I can't imagine. Did I mention that they are fat free?