It’s May and it’s Thursday so it’s time for another
Every Tuesday and Thursday this month I, and any blogger who wants to join, is trying an idea we’ve pinned on Pinterest and letting you know how it worked out.
Was Wednesday. It’s hard to get inspired to tackle a big project on a Wednesday. I scrolled through my boards looking for something easy. Quickly, I skipped past the craft and home improvement projects. We had already had dinner so a main dish wouldn’t work. I’m always up for dessert, but didn’t have the time or inclination for baking.
Then I found the pin that led me to a recipe for Birthday Cake Batter Popcorn on Tasty Kitchen. The ingredient list was short, the prep looked easy and the final product seemed promising. Here is what I started with:
You’ll note that I deviated from the original recipe. I bought already popped corn because it seems less greasy and I had a lot more of it than the recipe called for. Also, I used Almond Bark instead of white chocolate chips because I had some on hand and I didn’t grab the Crisco because that seemed gross.
I filled my largest mixing bowl with about 8 ounces of popped corn which was about 30 cups. I had no idea what to do next. I started with 1/2 the Almond Bark - 6 squares - and melted it. Then I got nervous about leaving out the shortening so I added 2 Tablespoons of butter flavored Crisco and I have to admit that it made the bark more pourable. I drizzled it over the popcorn and realized quickly it wasn’t enough.
So added three more squares.
And then three more mixed with another tablespoon of shortening.
I ended up pouring over the entire box of the dry cake mix and a liberal amount of sprinkles and then stirred and stirred.
My finished product had less candy coating than the original recipe but I think it was perfect.
Perfectly perfect. As in very addictively deliciously perfect.
The whole family ate it while we watched the DVR’d episode of Once Upon A Time. Everyone liked it though Rich and Reagan thought it was a bit too sweet so I might use less Almond Bark next time. There will be a next time. This is perfect slumber party food. Or bring a treat to work to share food. It would even make a great tailgate dessert since it wouldn’t require plates or utensils. You could choose sprinkles in team colors even!
Because I changed my ingredients so drastically, I’ll summarize for you. Keep in mind though that my version would feed a crowd. You should go with the original for a smaller group.
- 8 ounces popped, salted popcorn
- 1 lb almond bark melted with …
- 3 Tablespoons butter flavored Crisco
- 1 box yellow cake mix
Pour the popcorn into a large mixing bowl (8 quarts) and pour Almond Bark mixture over it. Shake dry cake mix and sprinkles on top and stir well.
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