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Critters in the Hay recipe

A Halloween-themed bowlful of pumpkin piespiced-candied popcorn mingled with candy corn, candy spidersand gummy worms.

Recipe: Critters in the Hay

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon green food color (optional)
3 1/2 quarts popped popcorn; remove unpopped kernels
1 cup candy corn
Black licorice ropes
Wooden picks
Small black gum drops or other small black candies
1 tube red decorator icing
Red hots candy
Gummy Worms

  • In Dutch oven, bring sugar,corn syrupand butter to a boil; boil 2 1/2 minutes.
  • Stir in pumpkin pie spice, vanilla,saltand food coloring, if desired; mix well. Add popcorn and tossuntil evenly coated.
  • Spread popcorn mixture in a single layeron sheets of foil; cool completely. Break into bite-size piecesand mix with candy corn in a wide shallow bowl; set aside.
  • To make spiders, cut licorice into 2 inchlengths. To make legs, starting at
    one end, make three 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch lengthwise cuts to makefour legs.
    Repeat cuts at opposite end. Leave about 1/2-inch in center uncut.Gently pull legs apart and curl down. Push wooden pick throughcenter of body, leaving about 1/4-inch exposed on top.
  • Push one gumdrop onto exposed pick tomake a body. Squeeze two small dots of icing into gumdrops. Pressred hots into icing to make eyes.
  • Place”spiders” and gummy wormsin the candied popcorn. Remove wooden picks before eating.

    Makes 4 quarts.

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