One of the things I love most about being a parent is seeing my children enjoying the things that I did when I was a kid. I get so excited when I introduce them to something from my own childhood, like my favourite books, toys, or movies that I used to watch over and over again (when we watched Aladdin together I was surprised to discover that I still knew the entire movie by heart even after almost 20 years.) This popcorn cake is another beloved memory from my childhood. My brother and I requested it for several of our birthday parties and it was always a big hit with all the kids. I was telling Cole about this amazing cake after he said he wanted to make Daddy a gummy cake for his birthday. When I said we could make a popcorn and gummy cake he was thrilled. I asked my mom for the recipe and she told me it’s the same as Rice Krispies Treats, only with popcorn and gummies. You can put it in a cake pan, or you can shape it into whatever you’d like (the number of your child’s birthday for instance) using greased hands to mold it. You can decorate it with sprinkles, or more gummies and marshmallows, like Cole did.
He had a lot of fun making this cake with me, and even more fun eating it! My brother also sampled some of the cake, and I’m sure it brought back sweet memories for him too.
3 tbsp butter or margarine
1 10 oz pkg (about 40) marshmallows (or 4 cups mini marshmallows)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp vanilla
6 cups plain popped popcorn
1 cup gummy bears
In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until the marshmallows have completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Quickly pour into a large bowl of popcorn and stir together. Mix in gummy bears last so they don’t melt. Using a buttered spatula, scoop the popcorn mixture into a greased angel food or bundt pan and press down evenly into the pan. Chill for a few hours until set.
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