Alien Popcorn Heads

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 15 min.


1 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
These aliens will be a hit at your next Halloween bash or for a kid's birthday theme party. They're a spooky and delicious treat.--Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 6 black licorice twists
  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ICING:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 1 drop green food coloring


  1. Cut licorice into shapes to resemble the eyes, nostrils and mouths for 12 alien heads; set aside. Place popcorn in a large greased bowl; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the water, baking soda, vanilla and green food coloring; set aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine corn syrup and butter; cook over medium heat until butter is melted. Add sugar; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Cook without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 235° (soft-ball stage), about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat. Stir in reserved vanilla mixture (mixture will foam). Immediately pour over popcorn, stirring to coat evenly. Cool for about 5 minutes, stirring several times. When cool enough to handle, firmly shape with buttered hands into 4-in.-long teardrop shapes; place on waxed paper.
  4. For icing, combine the confectioners' sugar, water, corn syrup and food coloring until smooth. Place icing in a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe icing onto popcorn heads to attach alien eyes, nostrils and mouth. Let stand until dry; wrap in plastic.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 371 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 315mg sodium, 77g carbohydrate (58g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.