Today is National Popcorn Day. I find that personally ironic. Today is my Dad’s Birthday. Every year for Christmas, I give him a tin of assorted popcorn. Its our tradition. Dad loves his popcorn snacks.
A few years back, Hubby, Kiddo and I decided to spend the day at a small zoo. My heart skipped a beat when I saw loaves of pink popcorn for sale at the concession stand. I remember that popcorn from my childhood. We would buy a few bricks, eat one and feed the other to the ducks. I’m not sure it was a good thing for the ducks, but they seemed to enjoy it. I was so excited to buy a brick and share a childhood experience with Kiddo. Oh my, that popcorn brick was bad, as in hard and stale. I could be wrong, but I think those are the same bricks from all those years ago.
Still, it is National Popcorn Day. Popcorn is the world’s most popular snack food. And the world has been popping corn for a long, long time. Evidence of popcorn has been found in New Mexico that dates back to 3600 BCE, and even earlier in Peru, dating back to 4700 BCE. So it seems we’ve been loving our popcorn since we figured out how to make it pop.
Not only is popcorn the most popular snack, it’s also the most profitable. And I do mean profitable. Popcorn holds the title of profit margin at a whopping 1,000-percent mark up. Yeah, that’s a lot.
In honor of my childhood friend, the Pink Popcorn, I give you Strawberry Popcorn Balls. Not only are these balls delicious for National Popcorn Day, they would make a great treat for a little girl’s birthday party or Valentine’s Day.
Strawberry Marshmallow Popcorn Balls
2 bags popped Popcorn
1 stick Butter
1 package Mini Marshmallows
1 small package Strawberry Jello
Pop the popcorn one bag at a time in the microwave. Spread popped popcorn out on a rimmed baking dish. Pick out any un-popped kernels. Put the 10 cups of good popcorn in a large bowl, set aside. Discard the seeds, munch on any remaining popcorn.
Melt butter in a heavy pan over medium heat. Add marshmallows, stir well to combine.
Add Jello mix, stir well until dissolved into the marshmallow mixture.
Pour pink marshmallows over the popcorn. Grease the palms of your hands with butter. Working quickly, form marshmallow popcorn into balls or bricks. Place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Once cooled, serve and enjoy.