Total TimePrep: 25 min. Cook: 10 min.
- 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
- Candy corn, orange candy slices, milk chocolate M&M's and salted cashews
- 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. Add candy corn for claws. Press the orange slices into sides for wings. Flatten and cut additional orange slices into semicircles for ears and 3/4-in. circular eyes. Press M&M's into orange circles to complete the eyes. Add a cashew for each beak.
Nutrition Facts1/2 owl: 406 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 93g carbohydrate (67g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
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Oct 27, 2013
These look adorable and kids would be so impressed. Will try this with granddaughter when she's older! Thanks for sharing.
Oct 16, 2013
You're right! These owls are very generously portioned, so we increased the servings from five to ten and changed the oil-popped popcorn to air-popped. The recipe still makes 5 owls, but now at 1/2 owl per serving, which is more reasonable. The new nutrition facts are: 406 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium, 93 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Best - Peggy Woodward, RD - Food Editor - Taste of Home brands
Sep 17, 2009
I have not made these popcorn owls yet, but cannot imagine that each of them weighs in at almost a thousand calories and 19 grams of fat...each! With 3 tblsp of butter as the major fat ingredient, this does not sound plausible, even using oil for the popcorn! I would prefer making them with air popped popcorn in any case, to lower the fat content and make them a healthier alternative.