I made these last year with my kids and were they ever a hit! I haven’t made them yet this year, so I don’t have a “real” photo…only the photo from the craft book I found the recipe in. Incidentally, I have all of these books and I wouldn’t want to be without them. If you are a crafty sort, get thee to a book store and check them out!

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Silly Popcorn Treats Recipe

18 cups popped popcorn
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
*gummy worms, candy corn, and other Halloween candies

Removed all unpopped kernals from popped popcorn. Put popcorn in a greased 17 x 12 x 2 inch baking or roasting dish (or whatever’s close). Keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree oven while making syrup.

For syrup mixture, butter the sides of a heavy 2 quart saucepan. In saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar, and salt. cok and stir over medium-high heat till mixture boils, stirring to dissolve sugar (about 6 minutes). Clip a candy thermometer to the side of pan. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring occasionally, till thermometer registers 250 degrees, hard-ball stage (about 20 minutes).

Remove saucepan from heat; remove thermometer. Stir in vanilla. Pour syrup mixture over the hot popcorn and stir gently to coat, adding candies. (I divide mine up into thirds and use different candies for each batch). Cool until the popcorn mixture can be handled easily. WIth buttered hands, quickly shape the mixture into 2-1/2 inch diameter balls. Wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap. Makes about 20 popcorn balls.

It’s a great treat for a classroom or for your kids to hand out to their church buds.

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1 Comment on Winter Bazaar – Silly Popcorn Treats Recipe

  1. Scribbit
    October 17, 2007 at 10:52 pm (10 years ago)

    I LOVE those, how cute! I’d have never thought of gummy worms in popcorn balls.

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