Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Snowman Fun

A fun Holiday tradition in our family is making marshmallow popcorn ball snowmen. My kids LOVE this tradition and I don’t think it would feel quite like the Christmas season without making them. Here is the recipe and a few pictures.

 ½ C. Butter
1 1/3 C. Sugar
½ C. Karo syrup
3 C. Miniature Marshmallows
Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Take off heat and add 1 tsp. Vanilla. Pour over 4 qts. Popped corn.
Collect some fun things to decorate your snowmen with. I like to use fruit rolls for the scarf and chocolate chips for the eyes. I normally like mini M&Ms for the buttons, but I didn’t have any, so I did chocolate chips for those as well. Just get creative.
I like to use candy corn for the snowman nose. Looks kind of like a carrot and it is super cute.
I also like to use stick pretzels for the arms. Again, just get creative and let the kids have fun with it.
Form the popcorn into a snowman for each kid.
Let the kids put the scarf on + start decorating their snow man with all of the candy.
I apologize that I didn’t get pictures of my kid’s finished product. We were having too much fun (as you can see) and I forgot.
I will share one tip. When you are forming the popcorn, put cold water on your hands, not butter like you normally do with popcorn balls. I think it works MUCH better…………………but maybe I am just weird like that.  (Okay, FINE! I really hate getting butter all over my hands. It feels awful and takes forever to get off. THERE!! I said it!!)


Alicia said...

Very cute! And I definitely need to try to cold water...I loathe the feeling of butter on my hands too - that's always the worst part of making popcorn balls.

Jess said...

My kids would LOVE to do this. I haven't made popcorn balls for years- I wonder if it would work with Rice Krispie Treats?