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 User ID: 931629 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 User ID: 1807985 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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