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 9×13 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?


  1. Very fun!

  2. There is a place near where I grew up that still makes old-fashioned popcorn bars (since 1897, they say), but they make wintergreen instead of peppermint and it tastes more than a little like Pepto-Bismol. It’s not good.

  3. So fun! They would be perfect for a holiday party!

  4. You’re like a little ray of sunshine every time I come here. My kids will love these! Thanks!

  5. I’ve gotta remember this for a December treat 😀

  6. Better than rice krispies and marshmallows!

  7. Peppermint! This is going to be so good in December!


  8. these look really fun to make! for some reason my husband has always loved those old-fashioned popcorn “bars”…so I’ll have to try these and see what he thinks 🙂 I just found your blog for the first time – I’ll definitely be back!

  9. yummy! this looks great. and damn, i keep missing the gilmore girls (oh well, i hate this season anyway).