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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Popcorn Cupcakes

The Boy gets braces tomorrow.  And we all know what that means.  A couple of years of eating corn cut off the cob, sliced apples, no popcorn or nuts... and no chewy candy.

So we planned a dinner to make sure he had most of those things.  We had ribs and corn on the cob.  He loves those.  And I made special cupcakes that had all kinds of braces-unfriendly ingredients.

This is more of a process than a recipe - and here's how it goes:

Chocolate Caramel Peanut Popcorn Cupcakes


  • 12 Chocolate cupcakes from your favorite recipe (or a box - that's what I used this time), each with a caramel placed in the center prior to baking
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • 1 bag microwave popcorn, popped
  • 8 large marshmallows
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 12 pieces peanut brittle (I used jalapeno peanut brittle... recipe to come later this week)


  1. Apply chocolate frosting to each cupcake.
  2. Microwave the marshmallows and 3 cups of popcorn for about 15 - 30 seconds, or until marshmallow is soft.
  3. Stir in the margarine, and mix until the popcorn is coated with the marshmallow.
  4. Working quickly, put a spoonful of the popcorn mixture onto each cupcake.
  5. Pipe (or spoon) a mound of vanilla frosting onto the top of each cupcake.
  6. Add a piece of peanut brittle to the top.
  7. Enjoy (I'll leave it to you to figure out the best way to eat these tall, chewy, crunchy delights!)

Yum!  If you are going to have to have braces, this is an excellent dessert to usher in the era of metal!


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  1. That is the most crazy, decadent thing I've EVER seen.

  2. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Don't forget to come back and VOTE on Sunday!