Candied popcorn is easily transformed intoa fun and tasty Halloween kitty.
Recipe: Halloween Kitty
2 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 6 cups popped popcorn, unsalted (unpopped kernels removed) 2 (8 1/2 x 11-inch) oval paper plates 1 (6-inch) dessert paper plate Aluminum foil Licorice strings or colored toothpicks (six 2-inch strips) Licorice rope (one 15-inch strip) Light corn syrup for assembly
Combine sugar, water, salt, 1/2 cup cornsyrup and vinegar; cook to hard ball stage (250°F / 120°C);add vanilla. Pour over popped corn and mix well. Line paper plateswith foil and press popcorn mixture firmly into them; allow tocool. Unmold.
With a sharp knife cut a wedge from oneend of each large oval to form legs of cat. Trim each small round(head) popcorn shape to fit other end of oval (body). Cut licoricestrings into six 2-inch strips and rope licorice into a 15-inchstrip.
To assemble, heat corn syrup to a boiland brush over body and head shapes where they fit together;press together to form cat. Brush flat side of one cat with hotsyrup; arrange 2-inch strips of licorice to make whiskers. Presssecond cat over first to give a three-dimensional effect. Cutears from popcorn wedge scraps and attach to head with hot syrup.Shape licorice rope into a tail and attach to body.
Makes 6 servings.
Recipe provided courtesy of The Popcorn Board.
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