Giada De Laurentiis recipe: Food Network star shares her popcorn treats for your Halloween party

Posted at 11:09 AM, Oct 01, 2013
and last updated 2014-10-01 14:15:38-04

These Popcorn Treats are a natural for a Halloween get-together. Giada De Laurentiis conjured up the recipe!


Vegetable cooking spray

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/3 cup popcorn kernels

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

6 cups (12-ounces) mini-marshmallows

6 fun-size caramel peanut chocolate bars (such as Snickers), cut into 1/4-inch pieces

3 (3-inch) chocolate-chip cookies, crumbled

1/3 cup chopped salted almonds

1/2 cup orange and black chocolate candies (such as M&M's)


Spray the inside of a large mixing bowl with vegetable cooking spray, and lightly spray a baking sheet. Set aside.

In a 3-quart (or larger) heavy-bottomed pan, heat the oil and popcorn over medium-high heat. Cover the pan and shake gently. Cook until all the kernels have popped, about 3 minutes. Place the popcorn in the prepared bowl.

In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over low heat. Add the vanilla extract and marshmallows. Stir constantly until the marshmallows have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 5 minutes. Pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn. Using a spatula, sprayed with cooking spray, stir until the popcorn is coated.

Spread the mixture over the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with the chocolate-bar pieces, cookies, almonds and chocolate candies. Using a spatula, gently press the toppings into the popcorn. Allow the mixture to dry for 1 hour.

Break into 2-inch pieces and store airtight in a plastic container.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

Serving suggestion: Place in small plastic bags and seal with colored ribbon.

(Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis.)

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