Popcorn Jack-o'-Lanterns Recipe
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Popcorn Jack-o'-Lanterns Recipe

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Everyone makes popcorn balls at Christmas, but it's really fun to make them for other occasions, too. The jack-o'-lantern faces on the pumpkins are so cute! —Ruth Peterson, Jenison, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 to 2 tablespoons marshmallow creme, divided
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 12 green Dots candies
  • Green Fruit Roll-Ups
  • 18 each green and brown Tootsie Roll Midgees

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 195 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 164mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. Place popcorn in a large bowl. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat butter, marshmallows and 1/2 cup marshmallow creme on high for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted; stir in gelatin powder until dissolved. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat.
  2. With lightly buttered hands, quickly shape mixture into twelve 3-in. balls, flattening one side slightly. For each stem, insert a green Dots candy at the top of pumpkin, attaching with marshmallow creme. Cut fruit roll into leaves and vines; attach to top of pumpkin.
  3. Warm Tootsie rolls in a microwave for 5-10 seconds, then flatten and cut into facial features as desired; attach with remaining marshmallow crème. Yield: 1 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Popcorn Jack-o'-Lanterns in Taste of Home October/November 2006, p57

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jessicaschafer 72771
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"I think the reason that last person found this to be too sweet was because they used Rice Krispies instead of popcorn - which is sweetened cereal. I make this recipe regularly, not usually as the jack-o-lanterns, but as popcorn balls, varying the flavors of jello I use. I've made them into apples too.

They are delicious!"

keverwann 144289
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2008

"I made this with rice crispies instead of popcorn. Super sweet and tastes much like orange gelatin. Too sweet for my tastes."

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