Mr. Food: Popcorn Lollipops

January 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Popcorn is a whole grain, making it a good choice when reaching for a snack. This meet-in-the-middle idea includes a few indulgences to satisfy our cravings without going overboard!

1 (3.0-ounce) bag fat-free butter flavor microwave popcorn
10 chocolate-covered caramels, unwrapped
2 teaspoons low-fat milk
10 large marshmallows
12 popsicle sticks

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Prepare popcorn according to package directions. Open bag carefully and pour into large bowl; discard unpopped kernels.

  3. Place chocolate-covered caramels in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 15 to 20 seconds, stir, and continue to microwave until candies are melted. Add milk and stir until smooth. Pour over popcorn and use your hands to mix well.

  4. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish then pat down. Place marshmallows on top of popcorn mixture.

  5. Bake 5 minutes. Spoon popcorn mixture back into the bowl and let cool for about 1 minute. Mix popcorn mixture until evenly coated then spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray, and form mixture into 12 lollipop-sized balls. Coat baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and place popcorn balls back into pan.

  6. Bake 5 minutes, remove from oven, place popsicle sticks in center of balls, and carefully press popcorn mixture around sticks to keep them in place. Let popcorn balls cool then serve.