I feel bad for Saint Patrick's Day. It gets no respect. The stores are full of Easter paraphernalia. Don't get me wrong, I love Easter. It's one of my favorites, but what about Saint Patrick's Day? Shouldn't it get its day in the sun too?
I have embraced the idea of holiday themed desserts. There is no better way to celebrate holidays, even the most obscure , than by eating sugary treats.
These are Saint Patrick's Day themed because they have mint M&Ms in them. Maybe not the most convincing holiday themed snack, but they make up for their lack of originality with chewy gooeyness.
I added my own mix-ins, but the recipe came from Real Simple. The ingredients are 1 bag popped microwave popcorn, 3.5 ounces pretzels, 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, 10 ounces mini marshmallows, 1 cup mint M&Ms, 2 ounces dark chocolate, and a splash of milk.
I buttered a 9 by 13 inch pan and poured the popcorn and pretzels into a bowl.
I melted two tablespoons of butter and the marshmallows together.
Yum! There's nothing wrong with this picture!
I poured the melted marshmallows and butter over the popcorn and pretzels.
Time to stir!
After stirring a little bit, I added the M&Ms. I waited a bit before adding because I didn't want the M&Ms to melt. I bet this was unnecessary, as the melted marshmallows don't get to hot. I am a little risk averse.
I pressed the popcorn mixture into the greased pan. I ended up having to butter my hand as well. The mixture is a sticky mess until it sets.
I microwaved the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter and chocolate. I stirred after every 15 to 20 minutes so the chocolate doesn't burn.
It was so thick that I ended up adding a little splash of milk. It was about 1/2 a tablespoon of milk. That way I could drizzle the chocolate with ease.
I artfully drizzled the chocolate over the bars.
I let it set for a little over 10 minutes before digging in. The bars were set, but the chocolate was still soft.
It's a simple treat, but it's really delicious. Sometimes the simplest things, like rice crispy treats, can be the most delicious.
You could easily switch out the M&Ms and pretzels for other convenience store goodies. These are easy, versatile, and toothsome. I liked how they were both chewy and crunchy.