Fall Popcorn Ring Recipe

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Fall Popcorn Ring Recipe

My friend Nikki shared this yummy Fall Popcorn Ring recipe last year using seasonal colored M&Ms for each holiday, and it’s one of my favorite snacks to share during the holidays!  And since Publix has the Kraft Caramels on sale Buy One Get One Free in the new ad starting tomorrow, I figured it was time to share this one again.   Thanks so much for sending over the recipe Nikki . . . it’s one of our favorites and I’m hoping to make it again over the weekend! 🙂


Fall Popcorn Ring


  • 10-12 cups popped popcorn (2 standard bags plain white microwave popcorn works--remove old maids)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 20 pieces caramel Kraft Traditional Caramels BOGO $2.70
  • 1 bag (16 oz) mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1 1/2 cups peanuts (optional)


  1. Unwrap caramels and soften in the microwave (about 45-60 seconds).
  2. Add butter and marshmallows, and melt together (30 seconds at a time, 3-4 times), mix well.
  3. Pour over the popcorn and mix.
  4. Add M&Ms and peanuts.
  5. Add to an angel food cake pan (lightly coated with butter if it's not a non-stick span), then press firmly.
  6. Let sit for 30-60 minutes. Remove from cake pan and top with a few more M&Ms to make it look fluffed up for fall. 🙂
  7. Enjoy!

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  1. This is a silly question…but does this set up to be hard or will it be soft like a Rice Krispie treat? (I bet this would be good substituting Rice Krispies for the popcorn)

    • That’s not a silly question! It’s actually a lot softer than I thought it would be ~ maybe because of the weight of the caramel? I love the idea to try it with Rice Krispies also… but part of what made it so yummy is the salty popcorn with the sweet caramel. Either way, I bet it would be delicious!

  2. Another question – can it be made a day ahead – or does it get hard or mushy if not eaten the same day? (For party planning purposes I would love to know – Thanks) I just love this and am pinning it!

    • Hi Kristin! You can definitely make it ahead of time, just be sure to wrap it well in cling wrap. When I made it, we didn’t eat all of it right away, and it was good for a few days! So glad you enjoyed it (and thanks so much for pinning it!) 🙂

  3. How do you serve this? Slice it? Pinch off what you want?

    • Slicing it is probably the best way to go ~ but you could also pinch off what you want! It’s similar to a Rice Krispy treat in texture, but doesn’t harden the way those do. Hope that helps! 🙂

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