White chocolate, salted popcorn, toasted marshmallow "rice krispie squares"

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This recipe was created about desperation. Oliver found a lovely, heaping bag of marshmallows deep in the recesses of our cupboards, and was very disappointed to find that someone had opened them, taken what was likely one marshmallow, and then thrown them back in the cupboard without properly closing them. They were all rock hard. (There is a great chance this person was me, although I seem to recall the family driving out to Sloan’s Christmas Village on a day I was working a 12-hour shift, and I’m pretty sure they described some s’mores they made there…)
We were flat out of rice krispie cereal so I substituted the next best thing: popcorn! Guess what? It was better than the original. So I got what I wanted: a sweet ‘n salty snack, and Oliver got what he wanted: some freaking marshmallows!

Here’s how we did it…

Ingredients

¼ cup popcorn kernels + 1 T butter + 1 tsp sea salt
¼ cup salted butter
1 small package, minus a few, marshmallows (3 ½ cups roughly)
¼ cup white chocolate chips

Directions

In a medium pot with the lid on, over low heat, warm popcorn kernels in butter until all are popped, shaking often so none burn. Then remove from heat immediately. Pour into a bowl, season with salt, and set aside.
In the same bowl, warm ¼ cup butter over medium-low heat until light brown, immediately lower heat to lowest setting and add in marshmallows. Stir often until marshmallows melt and get toasty, and everything is homogenous. Stir in white chocolate chips and remove from heat.

Working quickly, fold salted popcorn into marshmallow mix, making sure everything is coated nicely. Then press into a greased 8x8” or 9x13” (for shorter squares) dish, using the back of a spoon. Let cool then cut into squares.

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