Pumpkin Popcorn Balls
Are quick and easy to construct into pumpkin popcorn balls they will make the perfect addition to any Halloween party. And the best part is they're gluten-free, so you can feel good about serving them to your guests without leaving anyone out.Print
Pumpkin Popcorn balls can easily be decorated to look like a pumpkin. Just add food coloring to the sugar syrup and popcorn, the ball can be any color of the rainbow. Since orange and black are colors associated with Halloween, you might want to use those.
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/3 cup of light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup of butter or margarine
- 1/3 cup of water
- Red and yellow food coloring to create the right shade of orange
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons of natural vanilla extract
- 2 or 3 cups of air-popped popcorn
Using an air popper, make two to three cups of popcorn and set this aside.
In a heavy saucepan, add the sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, food coloring, and salt. Set the temperature to medium. Stir this constantly until all of the sugar dissolves.
Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Let the syrupy mixture boil until it reaches 228 to 230 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. This is called the “soft ball” stage.
Once it has reached this stage, remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. Stir it to thoroughly combine.
Next, pour the mixture over the popcorn you had prepared earlier. Stir this until all of the popcorn is uniformly covered.
Allow the popcorn to cool until you can easily touch it without being burned. Take some of the popcorn and roll it into a ball. Set it aside. Repeat this until you have all the popcorn-shaped into balls.
Decorate each ball with black icing. Pillsbury white frosting is gluten-free and can be tinted to create black. You can create jack-o-lantern faces that are either scary or funny.
Tip For a real pumpkin look, try sticking a midgees tootsie roll into the top to serve as the stem, also try using green starburst (flattening) or even green Wonka Laffy Taffy then using a leaf cookie cutter and make leafs for the popcorn balls.
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