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Popcorn Owls

 Popcorn Owls
Sweet and chewy popcorn balls are a "hoot" when they're formed into wide-eyed owls perfect for a Halloween party. They take a little bit of assembly but draw a lot of compliments. —Emma Magielda, Amsterdam, New York
10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 5 quarts air-popped popcorn
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons marshmallow creme
  • 20 candy corn candies
  • 20 orange candy slices
  • 10 M&M's minis
  • Shoestring black licorice

Directions

  • Place popcorn in a large oven-proof bowl; keep warm in oven at
  • 200° In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup
  • and salt. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads
  • 250° (hard-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in butter and
  • vinegar until butter is melted. Immediately pour over popcorn; toss
  • to coat.
  • When mixture is cool enough to handle, quickly shape into five
  • 3-1/4-in. balls and five 4-in. balls, dipping hands in cold water to
  • prevent sticking. Flatten bottom of popcorn balls slightly to allow
  • them to sit flat. Place a small ball on top of a large ball, forming
  • the owl's head and body.
  • Immediately decorate owl, using marshmallow creme to attach candies.

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Popcorn Owls (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Add candy corn for claws. Press the orange slices into sides for
  • wings. Flatten and cut additional orange slices to make triangle
  • ears and nose and 3/4-in. circular eyes. Press M&M's into orange
  • circles to complete the eyes. Add a 3-in. licorice strip above the
  • eyes. Yield: 5 owls.
Editor's Note: This recipe was prepared with popcorn popped in oil. we recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bring water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on the results of your test.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 owl equals 406 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium, 93 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.