Y’all. I know that popcorn is technically a snack, but I am here to sell you on the idea of these breakfast popcorn treats. I mean, who doesn’t want maple bacon popcorn for breakfast? It’s almost like having pancakes. Plus I added some coffee flavor into the mix.
I think you’re going to like these marshmallow popcorn treats a lot! I do suggest you eat them as a snack, but I won’t raise an eyebrow if you call this breakfast popcorn and munch away happily while watching cartoons.
Maybe make some beaten coffee to sip along with it. Heaven!
What To Do with Leftover Popcorn
First, let me just go on record as saying that I have no idea what leftover popcorn is. I mean, I’ve never met any. Not at my house.
But if for some reason you end up with leftovers (how? How?!), I’m sure you want some creative ways to use it. Well, here you go:
- infuse heavy cream with it and use the cream to make popcorn whipped cream or popcorn ice cream (pour popcorn into cream. Heat to warm. Let sit out until room temp then refrigerate overnight. Blend. Strain.)
- make a quickie trail mix with chocolate pieces, pretzels, dried fruit, etc
- make popcorn marshmallow treats! At their simplest, you’d do this just like you’d make Krispie treats, subbing out the Rice Krispies for your leftover (again, what?!) popcorn
Maple Bacon Popcorn Treats
Making these treats isn’t really much more difficult than making Krispie treats. Here’s how I did it:
NOTE: Since I had just made coffee marshmallows for my hot chocolate custard post, I used them to make these mallow treats. You can just as easily use store bought marshmallows and add the instant coffee separately.
- Cook bacon to crispy and crumble.
- Melt marshmallows (homemade or store bought) together with butter, maple syrup, and espresso powder.
- Add the bacon and stir to combine.
- Fold in the popcorn.
- Press into buttered pan and let cool to firm up.
- Slice and enjoy.
Variations on a Theme
I encourage you to make these treats your own. Here are some ideas for you:
- Not a fan of bacon? Leave it out.
- Don’t like maple? You can leave that out too. Or sub in honey or sorghum syrup.
- Stir in some chocolate chips.
- Dried cranberries would be really good in these guys, I think.
- Substitute some chopped toasted nuts for the bacon–or use both bacon and nuts
- Use a mix of leftover popcorn and corn-based breakfast cereal
More Breakfast Treats
I am a fan of savory breakfast. Give me a fried egg sandwich or scrambled eggs with homemade ketchup. Or biscuits and gravy any day.
But occasionally, it’s fun to have an indulgent breakfast, one that feels a bit more like dessert. I mean, if you’re down for breakfast popcorn treats, I figure you might also be into some Hawaiian Roll French Toast Muffins or even some Deep Fried French Toast.
Because as far as I’m concerned bread pudding and French toast casserole are the same thing, making either one equally appropriate for breakfast or dessert.
A Note About Measurements
NOTE: Most of my recipes are written by weight and not volume, even the liquids.
Even though I try to provide you with volume measurements as well, I encourage you to buy a kitchen scale for ease of measuring, accuracy, and consistency.
This is the scale I use, love, and recommend:
I really hope you love these breakfast popcorn treats, you guys! If you make some, please share a photo with me, either in the PCO Facebook Group or on instagram by tagging @onlinepastrychef and using hashtag #pcorecipe.
And you know I’ll especially be a fan if you decide to go your own way and make your own variation. I’d love to see!
Thanks, and enjoy!
- 300 grams marshmallows
- 2 oz butter
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon espresso powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup crisp crumbled bacon
- 10 cups popped popcorn
- Butter or spray a 9"x13" pan. Set aside.
- In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the marshmallows and butter together with the maple syrup over low to medium-low heat. Do not let it boil.
- Stir in the espresso powder and salt, then stir in the crisp bacon so it is evenly dispersed.
- Fold in the popcorn, making sure to evenly coat all the corn.
- Scrape the popcorn into the prepared pan and, using buttered hands or a piece of parchment paper, pack the popcorn evenly into the pan.
- Cool and cut into squares with a serrated knife.
- Enjoy the same day or store, tightly covered, in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If using homemade marshmallow, your mixture will be a bit softer than if using store bought, so make sure they're set up very well before cutting them or they could be a bit gooey.
Nutritional information is based on cutting the marshmallow popcorn squares into 12 pieces. Information will vary depending on the size you cut yours.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1 square
Amount Per Serving Calories 185 Total Fat 8g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 1g Unsaturated Fat 4g Cholesterol 13mg Sodium 202mg Carbohydrates 28g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 17g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 2g
Thanks for spending a bit of time with me today. Have a lovely day.