Friday, 12 October 2012

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Halloween Pumpkins filled with delicious caramel popcorn.  Melissa has been making this caramel popcorn recipe for over 30 years and it is not only cheap and easy, but tastes AMAZING.  Wrap your popcorn in pumpkin costumes and it is perfect for Halloween or any party.
You will need for the Caramel Popcorn:
1 cup popcorn kernels
Brown Paper Bags
A microwave oven
Simply place about 3 tablespoons of kernels into a paper bag, scrunch the end closed and microwave for about 1 minute and 40 seconds.  Tip the popcorn into a big bowl and repeat until all corn is popped and you have a bowl full of popcorn.
For the Caramel you will need:
125g butter (must be butter - margarine does not work and tastes horrible)
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons of honey
Melt the sugar, butter and honey in a saucepan on high heat.  When it is all melted turn the heat down to medium and stir continuously.  The sugar will dissolve and the mix will go sort of frothy and bubbly.Stir for about five minutes then remove from the heat.
Immediately pour the hot caramel over your popcorn and stir it until you are either completely bored, or satisfied that the popcorn is all coated.
Press handfulls of popcorn into balls, pressing them gently together.
To make the pumpkins you will need:
Orange cellephane
Green florist tape or green ribbon
Medium sized plate
Black cardboard or a black marker pen
Trace around the plate onto the cellephane and cut out the circles
Place the popcorn ball into the centre of the cellephane circle
Pull the cellephane around the ball and srunch the top tightly together
Wrap a strip of green ribbon / tape around the "stem'and tie the ends tightly.
Draw or stick on black eye shapes and mouth shapes.
Enjoy your delicious caramel popcorn pumpkins

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