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Popcorn Jack-o'-Lanterns Recipe

Popcorn Jack-o'-Lanterns Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 12 green Dots candies
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons marshmallow creme
  • Green Fruit by the Foot fruit roll
  • Black shoestring licorice


  • 1. Place popcorn in a large bowl. In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat butter and marshmallows 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. Decorate jack-o'-lantern faces as desired with fruit roll and licorice, attaching with marshmallow creme if necessary. Yield: 1 dozen.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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!"

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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