I’m really happy to share with you this guest post from Leandra today, a blogging buddy who writes a wonderful blog full of crafts, recipes, family fun, organisation and loads more. Today shells sharing this amazing looking special popcorn recipe. 

Hi, I’m Leandra, I blog over at larabeeuk, I’m a Mum to one wilful, independent 3 ½ year old Step Mum to 2 teens and Wife to ‘The Hubs’ we live for home time and try to make the most of every minute of the time we spend together.

On Tuesday my little man was really upset to go back to nursery, after having almost 2 weeks off with us, he decided he wanted more of the same and wanted to stay at home. After lots of cuddles, I promised that I’d do some cooking with him when we got home and make some ‘special popcorn’ now I’m not sure what he was expecting but amazingly, it worked.
I guess at this point I should stress that by no means should this become a usual part of your child’s diet, it really is intended as a special treat.

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We made our popcorn from corn kernels, why didn’t anyone tell me how much fun this is! I think the Hubs and I enjoyed it just as much as T. Once you’ve made the popcorn, the rest really is up to you, this is what we put in but you may want to add different sweets and treats!


  • ¼  cup corn for popping
  • 1 ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 small blocks of white chocolate – melted
  • 25g butter – melted
  • Small handful (child’s handful!) peanut M&M’s
  • Small handful (child’s handful!) mini marshmallows


Popcorn really is the easiest thing to make in the world, I won’t ever by a pack of microwave popcorn again, now I know this.

1. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and add the corn and put on a lid.special popcorn2. After a few minutes, the corn will start to pop, once it starts it will keep popping and popping, when there are a couple of seconds in-between pops you’re done!  We used a clear pan lid so we could see it.  You can see a small video clip here showing just how manic it gets!

3. Leave the popcorn for a few minutes to cool down, then put into a bowl.

4. Pour over the butter and give it a good mix.

5. Then let your child add a handful of their favourite sweets, we added some peanut M&M’s but they really were too heavy and so should have been smashed up a bit first.

6. Give the popcorn and sweets a good mix and then drizzle over the chocolate.

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Serve to your children and sit back and enjoy as they will think you are the best Mum in the world!

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Thanks Leandra, I must admit I’ve only ever brought the microwave popcorn but will definitely be giving this a go as it’s sure to win me some mum points with Georgia….although can’t guarantee I’ll be adding small handfuls of the treats!

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