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Posted Friday, October 16th, 2009

Kidsguide Magazine Online
Oct. 16, 2009

For a snack that’s been around for thousands of years, popcorn never really got old – we munch on it at the movies, string fluffy kernels together to to decorate our Christmas trees, and continue to invent recipes to satisfy our cravings for something familiar yet new.

Celebrate the granddaddy of snacks and the ghoulish season with festive and delicious Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Balls, a tasty treat that pays homage to two icons: the pumpkin and popcorn.

This recipe is from www.popcorn.org, the National Popcorn Month headquarters. (Find nutrition information, recipes and other poppin’ ideas here.)

Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Balls
(Serving size: 8 popcorn balls)

INGREDIENTS: 3 quarts popped popcorn; 4 tbsp. butter or margarine; 3 cups of miniature marshmallows; 3 tbsp. of orange gelatin dessert mix, candy corn, jellybeans, sour green apple candy sticks, licorice string, and dried fruit; and cooking spray.

1. Spray one large mixing bowl lightly with cooking spray and place popcorn inside.

2. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and gelatin dessert powder until the marshmallows are melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn and mix well until coated.

3. Spray hands with cooking spray and press the popcorn mixture into balls. Place the finished balls on wax paper.

4. The fun part: decorate the balls with funny faces! Press your candy decorations to form eyes, nose and a Jack-O-Lantern grin. Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap for storage.

Image courtesy of www.popcorn.org.