2017-12-06 / Entertainment

Popping Up a Winter Wonderland

Edible, handmade holiday decor perfect for gifting
FAMILY FEATURES

’T is the season to pop up some holiday fun by creating a scenic winter wonderland that tastes as great as it looks.

Gather the kids and make a handson family holiday tradition out of crafting festive, edible decorations. Popcorn is the perfect choice to pop up and eat while trimming your popcorn tree and decking out your creations. At 30 calories a cup, whole-grain, freshly popped popcorn offers a nutritious alternative to traditional holiday party nibbles. Popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO, glutenfree, has no artificial additives or preservatives and is sugar-free.

These clever recipes can help you make edible decor or gifts to give to friends, family and co-workers. Find more creative holiday recipes at popcorn.org.

Festive Popcorn Trees

Yield: 10 trees
10 cups air-popped popcorn
1 bag (10 ounces) miniature
marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
nonstick cooking spray
green decorating sugar
blue decorating sugar
1 tube white frosting with
decorating tip
small, colorful candies (such
as sprinkles and miniature
silver dragees)
Place popcorn in large bowl.
Place marshmallows and butter
in medium saucepan over mediumlow heat. Stir until marshmallows
are melted and mixture is smooth.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla extract.
Pour mixture over popcorn in bowl.
Toss well to coat popcorn evenly.
Line baking sheet with foil.
Spray hands with nonstick cooking
spray then scoop up about 1 cup
popcorn mixture.
Shape mixture into cone, keeping
base flat to form tree.
Sprinkle tree with decorating sugars;
place tree on baking sheet.
Make nine additional trees.
Pipe frosting on trees to make
garland then decorate with sprinkles
and silver dragees, as desired.
Serving suggestion: Place each
tree on sugar cookie and decorate
serving tray with shredded coconut to
resemble snow.
Notes: For best flavor and color,
start recipe with unflavored white
popcorn. You can make your own
colored sugar by adding food coloring
to sugar then stirring in bowl or
shaking vigorously in sealed container.
Add additional food coloring for more
intense tones.

Holiday Popcorn Snowman

Yield: 5 snowmen
1 package (1 pound) large marshmallows
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine,
plus additional
1 teaspoon vanilla
10 cups popped popcorn
sprinkles (optional)
licorice (optional)
gum drops (optional)
cinnamon candies (optional)
In large saucepan, melt marshmallows and 1/4 cup butter.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Let stand 5 minutes.
Pour over popcorn and stir mixture.
Butter hands well and form into balls.
Decorate with sprinkles, licorice, gum drops and
cinnamon candies, as desired.

Chocolate Popcorn Reindeer

Yield: 8 reindeer
8 cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn
2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter or light olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
16 pretzel sticks
16 eyeball candies
8 red candy-coated chocolate candies
Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
In saucepan set over medium heat, heat marshmallows, chocolate, butter and salt, stirring often until
smooth. Toss marshmallow mixture with popcorn until well combined.
Scoop 3/4 cup popcorn mixture into ball. Repeat with remaining mixture to make eight balls total.
Place each ball in paper muffin cup liner.
Insert pretzel stick on each side of ball to resemble antlers, attach two eyeball candies for eyes and red
candy for nose. Let cool completely.
Tip: Eyeball candies can typically be found in baking aisles of supermarkets or bulk food stores.

Holiday Wreath Popcorn Treats

Yield: 8 wreaths
Nonstick cooking spray
3 quarts popped popcorn
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or
margarine
3 cups miniature marshmallows
3 tablespoons lime gelatin dessert mix
small red candies
jellybeans
red fruit leather
Lightly spray large mixing bowl with nonstick
cooking spray and place popcorn inside.
In medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter.
Stir in marshmallows and gelatin dessert mix until
marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
Pour over popcorn and mix until coated.
Spray hands with cooking spray and press firmly
to form into 9-inch logs then bend to form wreaths.
Place wreaths on wax paper. Press candies and
jellybeans into wreaths as decorations; cut fruit
leather to make ribbon and add.
Serve immediately or wrap individually in
plastic wrap for storage. Add ribbon tie to plastic
wrap as decorative closure.
Tip: Soak saucepan before cleaning.

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