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Popcorn Sleigh

 Popcorn Sleigh
I am candy maker who gets wrapped up in Christmas, For many years, I have given away my sweet treats in a popcorn sleigh. It's easy to do...and makes a fun, edible centerpiece, too. Just add a few candles and sprigs of pine to help set a festive scene.—Donna Torres, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
1 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 4 candy canes
  • 2 large green gumdrops
  • 6 red-hot candies
  • Assorted wrapped peppermint candies

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring
  • to a boil; cook without stirring until a candy thermometer reaches
  • 250° (firm-ball stage). Remove from the heat; add the butter and
  • food coloring. Set aside 2 tablespoons. Place the popcorn in a large
  • bowl; drizzle with remaining syrup. Stir until well coated.
  • For sleigh, press popcorn mixture onto the bottom and all the way up
  • the ides of a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan, forming a 1-in.-thick
  • shell. Beginning 3 in. from one corner, remove a small amount of
  • popcorn mixture from a long side, so side tapers toward front end,
  • as shown in photo at lower left. Repeat on the other side. Remove
  • from the pan. Curve the sleigh front toward the back.
  • Microwave the reserved syrup for 20 seconds or until melted. Cut the

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Popcorn Sleigh (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • rounded ends from two candy canes (save rounded ends for another
  • use). For runners, attach a whole candy cane and a straight candy
  • cane piece with syrup to the bottom of each long side of sleigh.
  • For holly garnish, flatten gumdrops between waxed paper; cut each
  • into three leaf shapes. Attach leaves and red-hot candies with syrup
  • to each side. Fill sleigh with mint candies. Yield: 1 sleigh.