Happy Halloween to all Examiner.com readers! Hope all of you have a fun and safe night as we see children all dressed up, ready for gathering candy! And if you are planning to give out treats to your Halloween visitors tonight, you may be wondering if you have enough to go around. You also may be having a party or Fall Festival either tonight or over the upcoming weekend and need a sweet treat. The very answer can be found within your kitchen pantry when you make "Rainbow Popcorn Balls."
This is a fun and eye-catching snack that will be fun to make and even more to give out. This is a treat that starts with a syrup made from corn syrup, sugar and orange gelatin, just as it comes from the box. It's then combined with peanuts and popcorn. Then comes the fun part! You shape these into balls of desired size. They are now wrapped in cellophane, waxed paper or plastic wrap. If you would like to make these even more attractive, tie and orange or black ribbon around the closure of the wrap, just like you would for a candied apple. There you have it! A fun-to-eat snack that's colorful for Halloween! These would also make neat party favors to give to each party guest.
In the recipe, it calls for orange gelatin. Make certain to use the regular gelatin and not the sugar-free version. You would need the extra sugar in the regular version to help the syrup cook correctly. You'll also see that it calls for peanuts. These can be chopped or left whole, according to your personal preference. The original recipe calls for them to be chopped, but I've found that either way would be fine. It's completely according to what you like.
Also, keep this recipe in mind for the upcoming Christmas season! You could make these with either the strawberry or cherry gelatin for red popcorn balls or lime gelatin for green ones. They'll be very pretty and colorful! They would also make a nice sweet treat for youngsters, as well as party favors when you have parties this holiday season.
Last Halloween, I shared a cookie recipe that was for "Mock Macaroons", which are cookies that taste much like a coconut macaroon. This would be a good recipe to "trick" people with! To get the recipe, follow this link:
Have a safe and Happy Halloween and have fun making these sweets with the youngsters before they go out tonight!
RAINBOW POPCORN BALLS
- 1 cup light corn syrup, such as Karo
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 pkg. (3 oz.) orange gelatin (not sugar-free)
- 1/2 lb. peanuts, chopped
- 9 cups popped popcorn
Combine syrup and sugar in a saucepan and bring to boiling. Remove from heat and add the dry gelatin, just as it comes from the package. Stir until dissolved. Add the peanuts and pour over the popcorn, tossing to mix well. Shape into balls of desired size. Wrap in cellophane, waxed paper or plastic wrap. For decoration, tie an orange or black ribbon around the tie-off of each ball. Store in a tightly covered container.