Hungry Happenings: Not So Scary Halloween Treats - Googly Eyed Popcorn Monsters

Monday, October 14, 2013

Not So Scary Halloween Treats - Googly Eyed Popcorn Monsters


Bright orange googly eyed monsters aren't going to scare anyone this Halloween. Instead, I'm guessing you might get lots of oohhs, and aaahhhs when you make these for your friends and family. I did. 


These kooky monsters are going to be auctioned off this week to raise money for a local boy scout troop. They'll be packaged up with some of my Cookies and Cream Halloween Popcorn. I hope these sweet treats will get a nice bid.

I've kept my promise this Halloween season and created lots of really easy edible craft projects. This recipe requires two ingredients plus some candy eyes and will take you and your kiddos no time at all to make. 


Googly Eyed Popcorn Monsters (makes 6)

Ingredients:

1/3 cup popcorn kernels
18 ounces melted orange confectionery coating or Candy Melts*
12 Wilton Spooky Candy Eyes

*See my chocolate making tips page for melting instructions.

Supplies:

air popper for the popcorn or a plain brown lunch bag and a microwave
extra large mixing bowls
2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper or non-stick foil
food handling gloves

Instructions:


Pop 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in an air popper or if you prefer, you can use a paper bag and pop it in the microwave. Place your kernels in a lunch bag, fold the top of the bag over a few times, heat the bag in the microwave on high power for 2-3 minutes until you hear the popping of the kernels slow to one to two pops per second. Times will vary. 


However you pop your popcorn, you'll want to discard any unpopped kernels. I shake my bowl, then scoop hand fulls of popcorn out into another large mixing bowl. You can also use a Kernel Katcher Popcorn Sifting Bowl, if you have one. 


Pour melted orange candy coating over popcorn.


Toss to coat.


Scoop out 6 large spoonfuls of candy coated popcorn, placing each scoop a few inches apart on your baking sheets. I found it easiest to shape my popcorn into monsters using a gloved hand.


Immediately, press two green candy eyes onto each monster. If your candy coating hardens and the eyes wont stay put, you'll need to melt a bit more candy coating to use as glue. 

Freeze for 15 minutes until the candy coating hardens. Allow to come up to room temperature before serving. Store in a metal tin for up to a few weeks or eat within a day or so.

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Items used to create this project that are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
   

15 comments:

  1. These guys are adorable! You make the cutest Halloween snacks! : )

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    1. Thank you, Heather. I try to offer a mix of cute and creepy each Halloween:)

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  2. Ah, these little monsters are adorable! Great inspiration! :)

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    1. Thank you, Georgia. I love that these can be made in lots of colors and kids can even decorate their own monsters.

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  3. oH i love these lovely Halloween monsters made of pop corn! Amazing ideas!

    Shobha

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  4. So cute! I love all your Halloween snacks because they're all kid's friendly (not so scary)! Great job!

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    1. Halloween is all about making kids happy, and these are sure to please.

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  5. These are adorable and a great healthier Halloween treat!

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    1. These are nice big treats, but you are right, because they are primarily popcorn, they are much healthier than an equal size piece of cake or chocolate.

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  6. Love it! If you haven't linked up yet, come share your project on Teach Me Tuesday: http://www.somedayilllearn.com/2013/10/21/teach-tuesday-38/

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  7. I love all of your adorable creations that you shared with us. I definitely love the orange popcorn monsters. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I can't even handle the cuteness! These are just darling!! My boys would love them. Saw your feature at Cheerios & Lattes and had to click! LOVE!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jen. I'm happy you clicked!

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