MISSION, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 12/06/12 -- (Family Features) This year, pop up some holiday fun by making these clever -- and delicious -- popcorn treats. With these recipes it's easy to create edible décor, gifts for friends and neighbors, and munchable snacks for the whole family. You can find more creative holiday recipes at www.popcorn.org.
Popcorn TrioYield: VariesCheesy Popcorn6 cups popped popcorn1 tablespoon melted butter, optional1 tablespoon nutritional yeast or brewer's yeast (found at health food stores)1/2 teaspoon curry powder, optionalCaramel Popcorn6 cups popped popcorn1/2 cup sugar1 tablespoon light or dark corn syrup1 tablespoon water2 tablespoons butter1/8 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cover bottom of 3 to 4-quart pan with thin layer of vegetable oil.
Place 3 kernels of popcorn in pan; cover with a loose lid that allows steam to escape, and heat.
When kernels pop, pour in enough popcorn to cover bottom of pan, one kernel deep; cover pan and shake to evenly spread oil.
Shake as popcorn continues to pop.
When popping begins to slow to a few seconds apart, remove pan from stovetop. The heated oil will still pop remaining kernels.
Sprinkle lightly with popcorn salt, if desired, and store in an airtight container.
Follow instructions for making Plain Popcorn.
When you remove popcorn from heat, transfer popcorn to serving bowl. Pour butter over popcorn and toss. Sprinkle yeast and curry powder, if desired, over popcorn and toss to distribute evenly.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.
Line large baking sheet with lightly buttered foil.
In medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water and bring to a boil.
Cook syrup over medium heat, without stirring, until amber in color; about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter, salt and vanilla until blended.
Stir in popcorn until coated. Spread caramel corn in a single layer onto buttered foil.
Allow to cool before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container until serving time.
Holiday Popcorn SnowmanYield: 10 balls, 5 snowmen (2 balls each)1 1-pound package large marshmallows1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine1 teaspoon vanilla extract10 cups popped popcorn Decorations: sprinkles, licorice, gum drops, cinnamon candies, cookies, etc.
Melt marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Pour over popcorn and stir.
Butter hands well and form popcorn into balls.
Decorate as desired.
Festive Popcorn TreesYield: 10 trees10 cups air-popped popcorn1 10-ounce bag miniature marshmallows2 tablespoons butter1 teaspoon vanilla extract Decorating sugar (green, blue)*1 tube of white frosting (with decorating tip) Assorted small colorful candies, such as sprinkles and miniature silver dragées