Popcorn, M&M’s, caramel and pretzels … all it needs is a side of vanilla ice cream and a Richard Gere movie.

Most of the recipes I post are easy. This one is super duper easy.

I found a recipe for popcorn cake on Pinterest. The recipe called for marshmallows which are not vegetarian. Yeah, I was crushed when I found out how gelatin is made. No more smores for me unless I can find vegetarian marshmallows.

Anyway, I took the recipe for the popcorn cake and made one with caramel and another with chocolate. If I hadn’t run out of caramel, I would have used them both on the second cake. I’m crazy that way. They both turned out super duper yummy.

By the way, did you notice the Valentine’s Day card in the picture? It was made for me by my favorite three year-old.

Valentine’s Day Popcorn Cake

Cook time 15 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly


  • 1 bag Popcorn
  • 1 bag M&M's
  • 1 bag Caramel
  • 2 tablespoons Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups Pretzel sticks (May want to break the pretzel sticks in half.)


Step 1
Microwave the popcorn according to the package directions.
Step 2
Pour the popcorn, M&M's and pretzel sticks into a bowl.
Step 3
Melt the caramels and cream in a saucepan. Pour the caramel over the popcorn mixture.
Step 4
Spray the cake pan and your hands with cooking spray. Spread the popcorn mixture into the heart shaped pan and press down.
Step 5
I also made this recipe and added chocolate instead of the caramel. Just as delicious!

Comments to "Valentine’s Day Popcorn Cake"

  1. Popcorn Fun

    April 17, 2012

    Ok here is my “secret” to great popcorn:

    Flavor it with butter BUT clarify the butter! This makes it so the popcorn has the great butter taste BUT doesn’t get soggy or loose its crispness!

    Here is how to clarify buter:
    1) Melt two sticks butter in a clear microwave proof bowl or measuring cup.

    2) Skim off the froth on the top.

    3) The next section, the clearer section is what you want to keep for flavoring the popcorn. Carefully pour that off and set aside.

    3) discard the cloudy rest of the butter.

    Now use the clarified butter you set aside on the popcorn! It will have the great butter taste without making the popcorn soggy!

    Cool trick huh?


  2. kdrausin

    July 31, 2012

    Thank you, Mark!

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