Saturday, May 10, 2014

Popcorn Ball Topiary for Mom's Day

Tomorrow morning I get to spend some time at ABC 15 Phoenix showing a fast and easy last minute craft for kids to do for Mom's Day. If Dad waited until last minute and wants to still do something fun and easy, this is a great idea!  Enjoy darlings!

Honey-Fruity-Cutie-Gelatin Popcorn Balls

1 microwave bag popcorn, popped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup honey or corn syrup
1 box Jello (3 oz box, any flavor)

Large bowl (gallon sized or larger)
Oil for coating hands/popping

1. Gather all ingredients and supplies together.
2. Pop the popcorn. Pour into the large bowl.
3. Combine granulated sugar, honey (or corn syrup) and gelatin in a heavy saucepan. Stir slightly and bring to a full rolling boil over medium high heat.
4. Remove gelatin mixture from stove top and pour over popped corn. Blend well, until all of the popcorn is coated. Allow to cool a few minutes before shaping into popcorn balls. {Note: you can add up to 1 cup of nuts, candy corns, jelly beans, Boston Baked Bean candies, red hots...etc. at this point.}

5. Shape popcorn into balls using lightly oiled hands, or leave as fruity popcorn as is. You will need to press them together rather firmly.   To make a topiary, I wrap each popcorn ball with plastic wrap first, then pierce with a bamboo skewer and tie a ribbon at the base of the ball. You may insert them into other popcorn balls or brownie-cupcakes for a stand alone topiary or just enjoy a popcorn ball on a stick!

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There you go darlings! Happy Mother's Day!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess

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