Eat and Play: Popcorn Ball Snowmen
Let me introduce you to Poppy.
Poppy, the popcorn ball snowman, is a jolly, happy soul with toothpicks inside and a cranberry nose and two eyes made out of chocolate. Okay, okay, he’s no regular frosty, but he is tasty, and he was fun to make.
The idea of Poppy literally just popped in my head. Before I made these, I had never had a popcorn ball, let alone make one. But it was really easy to make and tasted pretty good. And I figure that kids could have a lot of fun decorating these after the balls have been made. As a variation, I bet you could make these with rice krispie treats and get good results.
And you can get fun with the decorating of these popcorn snowmen. I used chocolate, cranberries, and for Poppy’s punk-rock cousin Leroy, I used sliced almonds. But any candy could be used as decoration. Your imagination is the limit.
|Notice his almond mohawk.|
The recipe starts with homemade microwave popcorn. Now don’t get wary, this is soooo easy. Really so easy. And the best thing is that you can make popcorn with no fat at all. And it’s perfectly popped and yummy.
So let the recipes begin! And happy popping!
adapted from here
1/4 cup popping corn
1 paper bag
Stapler (with staples)
Seasoning as desired
Place the popping corn into the paper bag. Staple shut and put in your microwave. (I was a little bit scared to use staples, but they caused no problem in the microwave.) Use your microwave’s popcorn setting to pop the corn. Open the bag carefully, being sure to discard the staples. Season as desired and eat or use in popcorn ball snowmen recipe below.
Popcorn Ball Snowmen
adapted from here
1 bag microwave popcorn
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
Splash of vanilla or almond extract
Decorations as desired
Place popcorn in a bowl being sure to discard unpopped kernels. Set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and the corn syrup. Boil until the mixture has reached 225 on a candy thermometer or just before it begins to turn light brown in color.
|Right before it starts turning light brown|
Add the butter and the extract. Stir until combined. Pour over popcorn and stir quickly to coat.
Carefully as the mixture is hot, form balls of varying sizes for the building of the snowmen.
Build snowmen by sticking three balls together using toothpicks in between.
Decorate the snowmen as you desire.
|I used a toothpick dipped in chocolate to decorate my men.|
Yield: about 3-5 snowmen depending on the size you make them.