Place popcorn in large bowl.
Place marshmallows and butter in medium saucepan over medium-low 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 of popcorn mixture.
Shape mixture into a cone shape, keeping the base flat. This forms the tree.
Sprinkle tree with decorating sugar; place tree on baking sheet. Make the rest of the trees.
Pipe frosting on trees to make a garland, then decorate them with colorful candies.
Serving suggestion: Place each tree on a sugar or gingerbread cookie, and decorate your serving tray with shredded coconut to resemble snow.
Notes: It's important that this recipe starts with unflavored white popcorn for best color and flavor.
*Make your own colored sugar by adding food coloring to sugar, stirring in a bowl or shaking vigorously in a sealed container. Add more food coloring for more intense tones.
Holiday Wreath Popcorn TreatsYield: 8 5-inch wreaths3 quarts popped popcorn4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or margarine3 cups miniature marshmallows3 tablespoons (1/2 of a 3-ounce box) lime gelatin dessert mix Decorations: small red candies, jellybeans, red fruit leather, etc.
Spray large mixing bowl lightly with cooking spray and place popcorn inside.
In medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows and gelatin dessert powder until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn and mix well until coated.
Spray hands with cooking spray and press firmly to form into 9-inch logs and then bend to form wreaths.
Place wreaths on wax paper. Press candy decorations onto wreath to decorate. Add a ribbon cut from fruit leather. Serve immediately, or wrap individually in plastic wrap for storage.
Gingersnap Popcorn Snack MixYield: 2 quarts2 quarts popped popcorn Butter flavored cooking spray1/3 cup granulated sugar substitute2 teaspoons ground ginger1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg1/4 teaspoon cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black or white pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Spread popcorn on baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray.
Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl, and sprinkle evenly over popcorn.
Spray again with cooking spray and toss to coat evenly.
Bake 7 minutes and serve warm.
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