Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn

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Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn-this sweet and salty popcorn is easy to make and great for movie night, game day, or any day! Kids and adults love it! 

Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com

If you are a sweet and salty fan, we have the perfect treat for you today! This Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn is a fun snack to make and eat! I will warn you though, it is VERY dangerous. We made a big pan over the weekend and I couldn’t stay away. I kept telling myself every bite was my last bite, but every time I walked by the pan I would grab another handful. I have no self control when it comes to sweet and salty! This popcorn is too good to resist!

Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com Love this sweet and salty snack! It's easy to make too!

I love this popcorn because it is easy to make too! You don’t have to turn on the oven for this popcorn treat! You just cook everything on the stove and pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and pretzels until they are well covered. The mixture will be sticky and that is ok. It is all part of the fun!

Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com

I add plain M&M’s because they add a pop of color and chocolate is always a good idea. Peanut M&M’s would be good too, but I have to go nut-free for Josh!

I am going to make a big pan for Halloween. It is the perfect treat for watching scary movies…although we really don’t watch scary movies. I hate being scared. I don’t know why people think it’s fun to be scared. I think we will stick to Monsters, Inc., The Witches, and Hocus Pocus…my kind of scary movies:)

If you are looking for a fun snack to munch on during movie night, game day, Halloween, or any old day, make our Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn. Beware, it won’t last long!

Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn Recipe on twopeasandtheirpod.com

Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn

This sweet and salty popcorn snack is a favorite at our house! It never lasts long!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes


  • 8 cups popped popcorn we use air popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzels
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 12 big marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup M&M's


  1. Place the popcorn and pretzels on a large baking sheet that has been lined with a Silpat baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup and cook until melted and combined. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt.
  3. Evenly pour the marshmallow caramel mixture over the popcorn and pretzels. Gently stir until the popcorn and pretzels are well coated. It will be sticky! Stir in the M&M's. Taste and season with additional salt, if desired. Store in an airtight container for up to one week. The popcorn will stay sticky and soft!
  4. Note-if you need the recipe to be gluten-free, make sure you use gluten-free pretzels. You can also use peanut M&M's or stir in peanuts!

Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. This looks like such an addictive snack! Perfect for Halloween movie watching. I’ll be sticking with the not so scary ones too πŸ™‚ There are some great Halloween TV specials too.

  2. This looks amazing!!! I’m dying to try it but where I’m from we only have one size of marshmallow, could you give me an approximate measurement for how much marshmallow I should use? Thanks!

  3. This looks yummy, for ALL movie nights! One question, what quantity of popcorn kernels did you start with for the air popper to get the 8 cups of popped popcorn? I do have an air popper and can’t wait to make this. I have mini marshmallows, any idea how many I should use?

  4. If I follow your recipe exactly and wanted to add peanuts…what type of peanuts would your recommend and how much should be put into this recipe? Thanks!!

  5. YUM! Question though — I made this recipe today and my caramel was so thick it wouldn’t coat the popcorn. It became a smashed delicious mess. Any idea what might have gone wrong? Thanks for the recipe!

  6. I plan to make this, but think I would find it easier to pour the warm marshmallow mixture over popcorn in a large greased bowl, rather than tossing on a cookie sheet. Knowing me, I would have half the popcorn on the floor. Then I would transfer the coated mixture to the cookie sheet.

  7. I made this today using real maple syrup instead of corn syrup and it turned out fine. I also made it all in a giant bowl, and formed it into popcorn balls for my kids classroom Halloween treats!

  8. If using mini marshmallows, how many should I use? Even a weight for the 12 lg would be ok, I have a scale and could weigh the mini. How many kernels did you start with to get 8 cups of popped popcorn? I can’t wait to make this treat tomorrow.

  9. Made this just now. Oh. my. goodness. Awesome! I did not add the sea salt, trying to help my kids not develop a “salt tooth”, but it was incredible. I will be making this again and again.

  10. Hey girl!
    So, just made this for my sons birthday party! Wanting to put in baggies for the take home gift (what do you call that?!)
    Anyway, should I/can I transfer to baggies while still warm?
    It is so delicious i need to get it sealed up ASA P

  11. This looks super yummy! I have 2 questions: do you know how many mini marshmallows (even ounces is ok, I have a scale), to replace the large? I have an air popper also, how many kernels does it take to equal 8 cups of popped popcorn?
    Thanks for your time and the recipe!

  12. Made this today but dried it out in the oven so it would be crispy. Turned out great! (250 for 5 minutes then turned oven off and let it sit for an hour and a half.)

  13. Wowzers! I made this tonight with my daughter and I can’t stop! This is such a great mix. Worth the mess πŸ™‚

  14. 5 stars
    So easy and delicious! I ate almost the whole thing in one night. It checks off all of the sweet and salty boxes. Thanks for a great recipe!!!!

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