I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is coming close to an end. I honest to goodness don’t even feel like it’s really begun yet, but unfortunately, it’s already ending. I know this because when I was trying to determine when to post this recipe, I realized the the Wilton Key Lime Candy Melts I used in the recipe are listed as “out of season” on many websites. And that makes me want to cry. How on Earth is August out of the summer season? Wah. Also, some kids are already back in school? Some went back at the end of freaking July?? I cannot get over that and I don’t think I could ever live in a place that made kids go back to school in July. September is back to school. Not July, not August… September.
Anyway, I realized I needed to post this recipe ASAP if I actually wanted anyone to be able to make it this season. I did see the melts still available at Michael’s the other day. This is the perfect time for key lime pie and nothing screams summer to me more than the flavors. I’ve been obsessed with using the Wilton Candy Melts in popcorn because they melt perfectly and create the perfect candy coating. They’re also super quick and easy to prep and make one of the most fun desserts around.
Key Lime Pie Popcorn:
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- 2 T canola oil
- ⅓ C popcorn kernels
- 10 oz. Key Lime Pie Wilton Candy Melts
- 6 graham crackers
- 1 C mini marshmallows
Put oil and 3 popcorn kernels in a large pot and turn heat to medium-high. When the kernels pop, add all of the kernels, cover the pot and remove it from the heat for about 30 seconds. Then, put your pot back on the stove and once kernels start popping, vigorously shake the pot back and forth, keeping it on heat. Once popping slows, take pot off the heat and remove cover.
I love making popcorn so much.
While the popcorn’s popping, you can melt the candy melts. Put candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave for one minute at 50% heat. Stir mixture with a spoon and then repeat heating at 30-second intervals, stirring in between each one, until candy melts are fully melted.
Now, smother your popcorn with the melted candy. Or rather, put popcorn in a large bowl and spoon the candy all over it. Crumble up the graham crackers and add them, too, along with the mini marshmallows.
How ridiculously easy was that?
This popcorn tasted exactly like key lime pie. I almost couldn't believe it. If I closed my eyes, the only thing that would have made me realize it wasn't key lime pie was the consistency. But honestly, I kind of liked this consistency better in some ways. It wasn't smooth and silky, but it was awesomely crunchy!
I do recommend eating this the first or second day it's made (to store it, put it in an airtight container), as the popcorn will end up getting a little chewy if you let it sit out too long. But that really shouldn't be a problem. AT ALL!
It's only August 11, and therefor, I'm refusing to break out the pumpkin beer and put away the summer shandies and key lime pie flavored everything. You're still having summer BBQs and parties, right? Because this popcorn is the perfect party food.
And it's a whole heck of a lot easier to make than an actual key lime pie.
Do you feel like we're at the end of summer or that it's only just beginning?
Full disclosure: Wilton provided me with the candy melts used in this recipe and I am a part of the 2014 Wilton Sweet Treat Team. But all opinions are always my own!
I noticed yesterday while swimming how the sun is already changing (not as strong as July) and it made me think that summer is coming to a close. This made me so sad as I hate/loathe winter. I will try not to think of it till the end of Sept. Remember last summer we had a nice, long, warm, Sept? I do!
Love this popcorn btw!
Would it be really bad if I ate this whole bowl?? Yum!!!
Leah | So, How's It Taste? says
I'm with you. I blinked and boom it's back to school and end of summer! Luckily here in the south, it'll be hot for several more months, so I'll still be enjoying summer treats. Key Lime Pie is high on my list of favorite desserts so I have to get my hands on this popcorn!
Does summer always go by this fast? Because it seemed crazy fast this year! This would be so fun to bring to a summer party! I love it! So creative!
This looks so beautiful- and tasty also!!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I am so sad that summer is coming to an end. But this popcorn definitely reminds me of summer. What a creative and tasty recipe!
I LOVE using Wilton candy melts in popcorn too! And just like you, I am soaking up the last moments on summer with a s'mores recipe. Although personally, I think s'mores should be a year-round thing.
[email protected] TheGastronomicBong says
Key lime pie popcorn how amazing is that!! This is such a fun and creative idea.. 😀
kristy @ the wicked noodle says
I'm not sure why I don't make flavored popcorn especially since this one looks SO good!! My girls will love this.
Kevin @ Closet Cooking says
This popcorn sounds so good!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
This is such a cool flavour!! Love this snack!
Kitchen Belleicious says
oh best popcorn recipe ever in my opinion. I can see so many possibilities with the idea of using lime or lemon or even orange. LOVE THIS FOR THE KIDS
sarah k @ the pajama chef says
i need to try this! and btw i so agree with you on the school start date. kids here went back to school last week. i see kids walking to the bus stop at 6 am! that, to me, is equally crazy. they're high school kids but why do they have to get up so freaking early?!?
Olivia - Primavera Kitchen says
These popcorns look amazing. I've gotta give this recipe a try 😉
Living in north Florida this time of year is hottest part of the season. I would give a lot right now for cooler temperatures…What is excellent is your Key Lime pie popcorn would always be in season here.
Thanks for sharing.
Ashley @ QLCC says
What an original idea for popcorn! I forget that popcorn can be just as good sweet 🙂
I still feel like summer is just beginning! WHAT IS HAPPENING.
Must eat all the summer while I still can, including this fun popcorn flavor! I had no idea Wilton sold flavored candy melts. This is opening a whole new world of awesome to me.
Karen @ Lushious Eats says
Mmmm I love the idea of key lime popcorn, such a good idea! 😉
Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog says
Can we put a stop on summer ending? I feel like this year it just flew by and was never even really 'here'! This popcorn definitely scream summer to me, it also screams 'omg make me, make me right now' 🙂
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
I want to cry that summer is ending!! But a bowl of this key lime pie popcorn would make me feel slightly better 😉
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
Major yum to this recipe! Makes me want to end my day already, run home and grab a bowl of this!