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Mint Chocolate Chip Popcorn Treats

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Like a Krispy Treat, only Popcorn! Mint Chocolate Chip Popcorn Treats are filled with marshmallows, mini chocolate chips, and a packet of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations in Mint Chocolate Chip to give them their minty flavor and green color!

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Last week, on Instagram, I posted a picture of a recipe fail. The picture was of a bunch of green popcorn in the trashcan. That was a sad, sad moment. I really, really hate recipe fails. It kind of feels like when you were a kid and dropped your ice cream cone three licks in. Except now, as an adult, my mommy isn’t here to buy me more ice cream.

Luckily for you, that recipe fail turned into these bars of wonderful.

I had originally been trying to make a popcorn concoction with white chocolate, marshmallows, and Duncan Hines Mint Chocolate Frosting Creations. White chocolate and me, we are not BFFs. Let me put it this way: when I buy white chocolate melts I buy extra. Because I know, without fail, I will ruin the first batch. I’m also very, very happy I had bought two of those Mint Chocolate Frosting Creations, just in case.

Because I had two in my cabinet, I was still able to bring you these Mint Chocolate Popcorn Treats. They’re like krispie treats…except with popcorn.

And they’re gooooood.

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I made something similar to these way back when I started blogging. I’m not even going to link to it, but if you go on a hunt please don’t judge the pics I thought were amazing, mmkay?

These are made just like a krispie treat – melted marshmallows and butter. I use lots of marshmallows because I like my treats goooooey.  Like, Marshmallow Treats with Popcorn gooey. So…be forewarned. If you like your treats less sticky, you can feel free to add less marshmallows, or add more popcorn.

The Frosting Creations packet is added after all the melting happens. I used the Mint Chocolate because, well, St. Patrick’s Day is next week. And somehow March 17 is the green mint holiday. Plus, I love me some mint chocolate anything. And the flavor is perfect – it tastes just mint chocolate ice cream!

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These are the kind of recipe fails I’m happy with. Ones that end up in treats like these!

Mint Chocolate Chip Popcorn Treats

Mint Chocolate Chip Popcorn Treats

Ingredients

  • 6-7 cups popcorn, popped with kernels removed (from a 3 ounce microwave popcorn bag)
  • 10 ounces marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 packet Chocolate Mint Frosting Creations
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9x9” pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Pop your popcorn. I used a 3 ounce microwave popcorn packet, but you can use an air popper too, whatever you have. Pick over the popped corn and remove all unpopped kernels. Place about 6-7 cups of popped popcorn in a large bowl.
  3. Place marshmallows and butter in another larger, microwave safe, bowl. Heat for 60 seconds; stir. Heat for an additional 30-60 seconds, stirring after 30, until marshmallows are fully melted. Stir in frosting creations packet.
  4. Pour popcorn into melted marshmallows and stir carefully. Pour into prepared pan. Working quickly, spray your hands with cooking spray and press evenly in to the pan. Immediately sprinkle the mini chocolate chips over the top of the popcorn and press lightly to make it stick. Cool completely before cutting into bars. Best eaten within 2 days. Store in a tightly covered container.
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76 Responses to “Mint Chocolate Chip Popcorn Treats”

  1. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on March 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm (#)

    What a fun combination! I love the idea of putting mint and popcorn together!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Tonia!

  2. Natasha posted on March 5, 2013 at 3:44 pm (#)

    These are so cute! Perfect for St. Patty’s Day!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Thanks Natasha!

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on March 5, 2013 at 3:49 pm (#)

    “Because I know, without fail, I will ruin the first batch.” — I thought it was just me who did that with white caniquik! I am actually better with regular white choc chips, but they are super finnicky too

    And I had a mint + choc fail last week too. Omg was I ticked. And then, I thought I’d try again. Another freaking fail. $20 worth of ingredients that I coudlnt even blog about. lol And like 6+ hrs time, or more!

    I love that you recovered your fail. And used popcorn. And white choc and mint. I have a marshmallow bar that I made with choc + biscoff spread in Dec. It sort of reminds me of the dark version of these. I am all about popcorn in desserts – rather than…3 cups of white flour :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Oh I remember those ones now! I had this nagging thing in my brain before I posted. LOL, story of our lives, right? :)

  4. tanya posted on March 5, 2013 at 3:55 pm (#)

    Well that is turning lemons into lemonade!!! Sort glad your other popcorn recipe failed (sorry) because these are to die for! What a fantastic idea, making popcorn treats! Who doesn’t love popcorn balls? This is a great (green) spin! Thanks for sharing my samoa popcorn too!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks Tanya! They’re really, really good!

  5. Trish @ Mom On Timeout posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm (#)

    Umm so we are totally on the same wavelength here :) I made a very similar recipe just a few days ago but made popcorn balls instead. I love the bars! You are just so creative in the kitchen m’dear.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      I can’t wait to see! Those sound great!

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  7. aimee @ shugarysweets posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:16 pm (#)

    Yum, this looks delicious! As for white chocolate…unless I’m using candiquik I only use Green and Blacks white chocolate bars. They are the only two that melt NICELY. I got sick of wasting :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Good to know Aimee! Whenever I do anything with any white chocolate – BOOM it seizes. Sigh. :)

  8. Heather @French Press posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm (#)

    I am sorry about your fail, but it makes me feel SO much better that I am not the only one with white chocolate melting issues:)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Glad I’m not alone Heather!

  9. Erin @ Making Memories posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm (#)

    Oh man. You make the best popcorn concoctions! My son has an expander (braces type thing) and can’t have popcorn. He informed me I wasn’t allowed to make these because I would be teasing him and that’s not a nice thing for a mom to do. Crud. I’m pinning this for post-braces =o) Thanks

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Ha! Jordan has that same thing. I cut it up tiny for her. LOL <— *mom of the year*

  10. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm (#)

    I hate using white chocolate just out of fear of ruining it before I can use it! So temperamental! Lately marshmallow based bars have been everywhere I need to join in on this marshmallow party! I haven’t used any of the frosting creation packets. Do you think they are easy to us?

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      I’ve only used them twice – and the flavor was spot on. These really tasted just like the Mint Chocolate Ice Cream and I’ve used the bubblegum one that I swear, made me want to blow bubbles!

  11. Jenn posted on March 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm (#)

    Whoa, girl! These sound fabulous.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Jenn!

  12. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm (#)

    I am so glad your fail turned into these bars of goodness! That minty green color is just so cheerful.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks Nicole!

  13. Cindy {crazylou} posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm (#)

    I love anything Mint Chocolate, too! I think I may just need to make these for my upcoming Open House! YUM!
    Thank you! (oh, by the way, I’m pinning it too!)
    Cindy

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you so much Cindy! :)

  14. Liz @ Tip Top Shape posted on March 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm (#)

    I thought this looked amazing and then I saw the Butter Pecan Popcorn!! Holy cow!! This still looks pretty amazing, though! Great recipe :D

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 5th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks Liz!! :)

  15. Terra posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:21 pm (#)

    My popcorn loving hubby would love this recipe, all your recipes actually! I don’t eat a lot of chocolate, but I do adore mint chocolate chip….probably because it is delicious!!! Your happy accident looks fabulous:-) Hugs, Terra

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Thanks Terra! This is totally not too chocolatey! Just a hint in the mini chips!

  16. Janine | sugarkissed.net posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm (#)

    Way to turn a recipe fail into a recipe success, Dorothy! I love mint and chocolate together and these sound like the perfect St. Patty’s Day treat.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Thanks Janine!

  17. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm (#)

    Recipe fails are the worst. I had one last week…not so bad that I had to throw it away, but not good enough to blog. It needs a few tweaks. I have found that adding just a teaspoon of shortening or butter helps keep white chocolate from seizing. I also never melt it in the microwave because it heats too unevenly there and can scorch before you know it. Slow and steady on the stove has worked so far. I love those Duncan Hines packets…I have been all over them since last summer! What a fun and yummy mint treat for St. Patty’s Day!!!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Thanks for the tips Jocelyn! Usually veg oil works good, but I added the frosting packet and some marshmallows and boom! Gritty mess! I still want to try that recipe, with it working. :)

  18. Stephanie @ Back For Seconds posted on March 5, 2013 at 9:11 pm (#)

    Sorry about the recipe fail, but you sure made a nice recovery!! Mint and chocolate AND super gooey? Sign me up!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 6:19 am

      Thanks Stephanie!

  19. Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com posted on March 6, 2013 at 3:56 am (#)

    Fails are the worst … but looks like you ended up finding sweet success with these Mint Chocolate Chip Popcorn Treats! Thanks for the recipe…pinned ;)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 6:17 am

      Thanks Brenda! :)

  20. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on March 6, 2013 at 5:42 am (#)

    move over peanut butter, mint is taking over the chocolate world. :) I love mint and chocolate together Dorothy! Even better? when popcorn is involved. Recipe fails are so discouraging. I had three last week. ON THE SAME RECIPE. But I kept trying and trying. The key is to just not let it get you down and to keep working at it! Or drop it completely, which I usually do too. =)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 6:14 am

      I want to get into recipe development more, but it’s SO scary! I’ll have to pick your brain sometime. :) Thanks Sally!

  21. ashley - baker by nature posted on March 6, 2013 at 7:39 am (#)

    Oh my gosh, girl – these are ALL kinds of awesome! Total win!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Aw, thank you!!

  22. Christi posted on March 6, 2013 at 10:02 am (#)

    This looks like a perfect delicious snack! 2 things I love, mint chocolate and popcorn! Yum!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Christi!

  23. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on March 6, 2013 at 10:06 am (#)

    SO glad I’m not the only one who has issues with white chocolate! I love the idea of using popcorn here, Dorothy. And mint-chocolate is one of my fave things EVER. :-)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Me too! Thanks Ashley!

  24. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on March 6, 2013 at 10:20 am (#)

    oooh you made the most fantastic lemonade out of wht seemed like a lemon! Michael would lurve these too!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks Kayle!

  25. Kristin posted on March 6, 2013 at 11:45 am (#)

    I’ve been avoiding marshmallows like the plague. I bet this would make a nice Rice Krispy treat too!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Totally Kristin!

  26. carrian posted on March 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm (#)

    I didn’t even notice that that’s popcorn at first! Love this, and glad to hear I’m not the only one with recipe fails

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      I have way too many. It’s always frustrating! Thanks Carrian!

  27. Natalie D. posted on March 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm (#)

    I always have fails and I’ve been baking since my mom would let me turn on the oven by myself when I was a kid! It’s probably because I like to take recipes as “suggestions.” Sometimes it isn’t a suggestion. And popcorn marshmallow treats?! Genius.

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 6th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks Natalie!

  28. Marlys @Thisand That posted on March 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm (#)

    These look delicious. Found you on Thursday Treasures

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 7th, 2013 at 5:55 am

      Thanks Marlys!!

  29. The Partiologist posted on March 7, 2013 at 5:47 am (#)

    After taking one little bite of chocolate mint, I crave it every day. This might be my next go to choco mint recipe! So NOT sorry your recipe failed! :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 7th, 2013 at 5:53 am

      LOL, thank you!

  30. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on March 7, 2013 at 9:31 am (#)

    This is just St Patrick’s day all wrapped up in one tasty little treat!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 7th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Chandra!

  31. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet posted on March 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm (#)

    Could this look any more yummy? Pinned it, stumbled it, following you on Twitter and Pinterest…I just can’t get enough! And I’m not a huge fan of St. Patty’s crafts, but I think that I can embrace St. Patty’s snacks…especially because I have a thing for mint chocolate chip. Thanks for sharing, and I’ll let you know if I give it a whirl!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 8th, 2013 at 6:25 am

      Thanks for all the shares Lauren! I love St. Patty’s Day crafts but I am SO BAD at them, lol. Mint is my favorite!

  32. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on March 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm (#)

    These sound phenomenal! Love that you made rice-krispie-esque treats using popcorn. So smart! I definitely want to make these and add some crushed up Thin Mints. Yummy!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 9th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Oh, yes Rachel. That would be AWESOME. :)

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  36. Holly Lefevre posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:15 pm (#)

    My daughter is popcorn crazy…she would loves these!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 13th, 2013 at 6:45 am

      Thanks Holly! :)

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  38. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:24 am (#)

    LOVING these treats, I can almost taste them! Yummy :)

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 15th, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Lyuba!

  39. Alicia posted on March 18, 2013 at 9:13 am (#)

    These look awesome! I love the idea of using popcorn in place of the rice krispies. This is one to make for sure!

    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Alicia!

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