Happy Peanut Day

Today is National Peanut Day!

My mom and grandma both loved peanuts. In fact, I remember Grandma kept a jar of roasted peanuts on the buffet by the dining room table in a fancy apothecary jar. I loved to grab a handful of them.

In honor of it being peanut day, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes that includes peanuts. It’s a yummy treat anytime, but my mom first made it for me in the autumn. Enjoy!

Popcorn cake plated

Popcorn Cake

24 cups of popped popcorn*

1 cup of spiced gum drops

1 1/2 cups of peanuts

1 large bag of mini marshmallows

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup butter

Mix oil, butter and marshmallows in a large bowl. Microwave at 20-30 second increments, stirring between each set until marshmallows and melted and oil and butter are mixed in nicely. (It will still look a little oily). Mix in popped popcorn, peanuts and gum drops. Press into greased bundt or angel food cake pan. Leave standing at room temperature for an hour or so until cake is set then slice and serve. You could also press into balls and wrap individually.

Press down into the angel food cake pan and let sit about thirty minutes or so before turning out on a serving platter.

* For a fun variation, use colored popcorn kernels.

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