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Popcorn Pumpkins

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By kc10
Member since 2006

Serves 10 pumpkins | Prep Time | Cook Time


What you'll need:
1 bag M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for Halloween or M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Halloween
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup light corn syrup
Orange food coloring
20 cups popped popcorn (or one 5-oz. bag popped popcorn)
2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
Very large mixing bowl
Wooden spoon
Waxed paper
Orange cellophane
Black ribbon
Black and white foam or construction paper
Non-toxic glue or double-sided tape

What to do:

1 Bring the sugar, vegetable oil and corn syrup to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to cook until all of the sugar dissolves (about 3 minutes).

2 Tint the mixture with orange food coloring to the desired shade.

3 Using a wooden spoon, carefully toss the popped popcorn in a large bowl with the sugar mixture until evenly coated. Once the mixture has cooled slightly, yet still warm to the touch, add the M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for Halloween or M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Candies for Halloween. Blend with the popcorn well.

4 Wash and then coat your hands with the butter. Mold the mixture into 10 softball-sized balls, by firmly compressing the mixture in your hands. Repeat by washing and buttering your hands as needed. Set the popcorn balls aside on a piece of waxed paper.

5 Cut the cellophane paper into ten 20 x 20-inch squares.

6 Place one popcorn ball in the center of each square. Gather the sides of the cellophane up and around the balls. Tie each closed at the top with black ribbon.

7 Decorate the cellophane-wrapped popcorn balls to look like Jack-O-Lanterns. Cut triangles from black foam or construction paper for the eyes and noses. Cut small white foam rectangles for the teeth. Then, using non-toxic glue or double-sided tape, attach a face to the outside of each cellophane ball.

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