February 6, 2014

Red Velvet Popcorn

A few weeks ago, Scott and I went to see Wolf of Wall Street.  Now, the only theater playing this was almost an hour away.  It became an all-day affair.  
Let me paint you a picture:
In Alaska, we lived 5 minutes from one of those 16 screen, brand-new, stadium seating multi-plexes.  
We would go to a late movie, the ones starting at 9:30pm, and the idea would be suggested around 6 pm…"Wanna go to a movie?"  
I'd put on my sweatpants, we'd leave the house at 9:15pm, and be in bed by midnight.  Plus, that theater was never very crowded because it was in "the valley".  
(I'm sure I've told this story before.)

Anyway, here, if we want to go to a nice theater, it's an hour drive.
We did it though and, since we had to plan the entire day around the movie showtime, we went to Target first.  
Scott said he was going to take a nap in the car while I went in (the long drive exhausted us both).  Twenty minutes later, my arms full of clothes, I found him in the Valentine's aisle, his arms also full.  Clothes, socks, soap…he'd been taken in by Target.

As we walked to the register, nearly dropping things (you don't get a cart unless you mean business and I was trying to avoid that), he said, "It's so quiet in here".  I said, "And that's the appeal of Target…straight-up middle class.  It's quiet.  It's pleasant.  You don't leave with a headache and an impending anxiety attack.  Welcome."

Anyway, while we were at the movies, we ate one of the BIG buckets of popcorn (it was a long movie).

The next day,  I made this dessert popcorn.  It was after we'd eaten it all in one day, Scott told me he doesn't like popcorn.  

Red Velvet Popcorn

1 T. butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cream cheese frosting + extra for drizzling
1/2 cup powdered red velvet cake mix 
1 t. vanilla
2 T. corn syrup
2 cups mini marshmallows


2 bags popped popcorn (Pour the popped popcorn into a bowl, and then put the popped kernels into another, bigger, bowl to separate the unpopped kernels.  You don't want to chomp down on a kernel!)

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and corn syrup together.  It doesn't have to boil or anything.  Stir in the cake mix and frosting.  Once combined, add in the marshmallows.  Stir well and let them melt.  When the mixture is nice and smooth, pour it over the popped popcorn and fold with a spatula to coat.  Decorate with sprinkles.  Warm the extra frosting in the microwave and drizzle it over the popcorn. Serve warm or store in an airtight container once cooled.


  1. "And that's the appeal of Target…straight-up middle class. It's quiet. It's pleasant. You don't leave with a headache and an impending anxiety attack. Welcome.", Hahaha, YES!

  2. Scott's been taken by target!!!! And goodNESS I miss the quietness and peacefulness of target. Seriously. But I guess it's good for our bank account while we're in this translation. And it's temporary. For you, too. And that popcorn sounds amazing. We have popcorn on the reg here (pretty much nightly). Our dog even asks for it now. It's a problem.

  3. I need some red velvet popcorn in my life stat.

  4. I think in general Angel's more likely to be an impulse shopper than I am...but he's not a fan of Target. Perhaps because he worked there in high school. He also doesn't like Subway, and he worked there in high school. There seems to be a theme. And that's crazy that you have to drive an hour to a nice theater!! We have two nice theaters within 20 minutes...but we'll sometimes drive 35 minutes to go to the cheap theater. :P

  5. I love the Target scene. Good thoughts and so true.

  6. That Target line made me giggle. I had to take a break from Target after working there for 2 years in college, but I am back to the quiet appeal.

  7. He doesn't like popcorn, hahaha!

    Where do you have to go for the theatre, the Lake?

  8. Ok, I officially adore the way you describe Target!

  9. I have a question: This looks yummy, and I'd love to try to make it, but what do you do with the leftover cake mix? In the past, when I've made your Cake Batter Rice Krispies and Brownie Batter Rice Krispies treats, I've always just made so many batches that I eventually used the powdered mix up. But I LOVE red velvet, so if I did this, I'd probably want to use the rest of the mix to make something else. Any suggestions? Do you adapt the cake recipe and make the remainder as a cake or anything, or do you just keep making the popcorn (or Rice Krispies Treats) until you run out?

  10. I just can't do red velvet anything....BUT I just laughed at Scott telling you he doesn't like popcorn after you both ate all that popcorn! If that's not liking popcorn, I'm afraid to know what he does with food he DOES like! :) LOL

  11. I never make stuff like this but OH! this might be the one that breaks the trend.

  12. That looks amaaaazing. I'm a total popcorn fiend. Big ol bowl every single night!

  13. I like a good yummy popcorn recipe!

  14. That looks delish!! And you are spot on with your description of Target. Spot on!!


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