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Halloween Party Popcorn

This fun purple popcorn was inspired by this recipe that I came across on Pinterest.

Pop some popcorn. I used kernels and a pot on the stove, but microwave popcorn would work too. Maybe just use unbuttered…

Melt purple candy melts (or any color you want) in the microwave. (I wanted my purple a little darker, so I added Royal Purple food coloring to the melted candy melts. )

**Just a heads up – regular food coloring will thicken candy melts – do not add food coloring to them unless you’re doing something other than dipping… when you’re mixing it onto popcorn or drizzling it over something, it’s okay if it’s a little thicker.

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While the candy melts are still wet, add sprinkles.

I used Halloween colored quins, an orange/yellow/white non-pareil mix, black dragees, and some white bone shaped sprinkles.

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You can also drizzle a second color of candy melts over the popcorn before or after adding sprinkles. I went with neon green.

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The recipe that inspired these had candy mixed in. I didn’t have enough mini M&M’s leftover, and nothing else to throw in, so I skipped the candy this time.

I had this popcorn out at our Halloween party, but not much of it was eaten. I also had a chocolate fountain set up and let’s face it – most people will always choose chocolate. 🙂

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I packaged up some of the popcorn for our neighbor kids for Halloween night. Can’t really give away homemade stuff anymore because it can’t be trusted. But I knew the neighbor kids would at least be able to enjoy it!

This popcorn is so easy that you still have time to make some by tonight!

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Red Hot Cinnamon Popcorn

This wasn’t the most successful idea I’ve ever had, but it still worked so I wanted to share!

I made red hot cinnamon flavored kettle corn.

I mixed together oil, oil flavoring (cinnamon) and oil candy coloring in a large pot. Set it on high and dropped a few popcorn kernels into the oil.

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Normally, when the oil gets hot he popcorn kernels pop and then we add the rest of the popcorn… That’s still what I did, but it was smoking like crazy the whole time. Once the kernels popped I dumped in the sugar and rest of the kernels, stirred as much as possible, and put a lid on it to begin shaking. It was smoking so much I had to crack the lid a few times to let the smoke out, but the kernels were still popping so I kept going.

Once the popping slowed, I pulled off the lid and dumped the popcorn on some wax paper across the countertop. Surprisingly, nothing was burned! And it was a pretty pink color from the red coloring I added.

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Now for the taste… At first it just tasted like kettle corn but without the salt. Then I kept eating… And the cinnamon snuck up on me ad I could feel it slightly burning my tongue!

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The smoking was weird, not sure if t was from the flavoring or the coloring added to the oil, but I’d say overall it was a success! I was scared to add too much cinnamon oil, but it was so subtle that I think I will double it next time!

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Elf Munchies

This snack munch is easy and pretty and sure to impress!

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Elf Munchies

Ingredients:

About 8 cups of popcorn (1/2 cup of kernels if popping them fresh)

12 oz white chocolate chips, almond bark, or white candy melts

Assorted sprinkles

Directions:

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1. Pop some popcorn. You can use microwave popcorn if you want, I just don’t know how it will taste if you get the buttery kind. I used white popcorn and popped it the same way I make my Kettle Corn, but without the sugar. Let it cool.

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2. Melt white chocolate chips, almond bark, or white candy melts until smooth. Pour over popcorn and stir until evenly coated. I added sprinkles while my husband was stirring. Non-pareils, jimmies, and quins!

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3. Spread popcorn out on wax paper. I broke it up so that there were no large clumps.

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4. In freezer zip top bags, melt green and red candy melts. (I like to use leftover candy melts for this because it doesn’t have to melt perfectly smooth to be pretty as drizzle!) Massage bag until smooth. Snip the corner of the bag and drizzle the candy over the white chocolate coated popcorn. I finished off with some more sprinkles – snowflakes this time!

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5. Wait for the candy to set up completely, then break up popcorn and store in a airtight container or zip top bag.

This would be so cute to leave out with cookies for Santa. The elves deserve some treats too!

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Homemade Kettle Corn

I crave kettle corn all the time.

It’s sweet, crunchy, salty… the perfect craving food to fill every need. And so easy to eat!

It’s not one of those things you can just go to the store to buy. At least not here in Northern California.

You can get it at fairs and baseball games and very few other places. You gotta get it when you can otherwise you may not see any for a while.

Two weeks ago my hubby and I were at a Giants game, and the ENTIRE time I was looking for a kettle corn vendor to come up the stairs and make my day. No one ever came! I was devastated.

I decided I better learn to make it myself or else I may never get it when I need it again.

This recipe is sooooo easy, you’re CRAZY if you are not already planning on making this.

Seriously.

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Homemade Kettle Corn – recipe from SavorySweetLife.com

Ingredients:

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup popcorn kernels (I used white popcorn)

1/3 cup sugar

salt

**you will need a large pot (4-5 qts) with a lid

1. Pour the oil into your large pot and turn the heat on high.

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2. Measure your popcorn and sugar into a bowl and shake it a bit to mix it up.

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3. Drop 4 popcorn kernels into your oil. (When they pop, your oil is hot enough.)

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4. After the kernels pop, dump in the sugar and the rest of the kernels.

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5. Quickly stir them into the oil with a spatula, then put the lid on top the pot.

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6. Holding the pot on top of or slightly above the burner, start to shake the pot. Once the kernels really start popping, turn off the burner and continue to shake the pot.

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7. When the kernels slow and there is barely any popping, remove the lid and dump the popcorn into a large bowl.

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8. Sprinkle with salt, stir it up, and sprinkle some more salt. Test. Stir and sprinkle more salt if necessary.

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THAT’S IT! The whole process took maybe 5 or 6 minutes.

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We actually ate most of it right away. Then I felt bad because my brother was at work and didn’t get any yet. Plus I forgot to take pictures of all the steps.

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So….. I made another batch. Now you should make some. Ready, go!

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Popcorn Cookies

Here are some more popcorn cookies I did.

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These were for a 15 year old girl’s Movie Birthday Party.

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Circus Birthday {Girl}

A couple days ago I posted another circus birthday, but for a boy. This time, the circus party was for a little girl.

I definitely wanted to do circus tents again, because I loved the way my last ones turned out.

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I recently bought a big assorted set of Wilton cutters. (Actually didn’t get too many duplicates, which was awesome! What does everyone do with all those duplicates anyway? I have a bag started..) Anyway, in it was a balloon cutter, and after seeing the balloon cupcakes for my last circus party, I thought the balloon would be a good addition to this cookie party.

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(If I weren’t doing these for 2 year olds, I would have stuck a sting to the back of each balloon with a dab of frosting. I figured 2 year olds wouldn’t know to pull it off so I just left it out.)

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I came across these adorable circus cookies by Nicole of Life’s A Batch a while back, and the mama for these cookies just loved them when I sent her the link. From these cookies I drew inspiration for the pink elephants.

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We also liked the idea for popcorn buckets. I had seen these by Bridget of Bake at 350 a while back, and I also loved the ones from Life’s a Batch, so I combined the ideas into something I could create with my style of frosting/icing.

For the actual popcorn kernels, I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted to do. First I tried using only icing, and planned on layering blobs to create “popcorn.” But because my icing is similar to glaze, it wasn’t holding it’s popcorn shape the way I wanted.

I scraped that idea (literally) and kind of “gave up” and turned to my trusty buttercream… just started creating my blobs. They were kind of bumping into each other and not really looking like kernels anymore.. They needed butter. Problem was, I didn’t have anymore buttercream to dye yellow for the butter. I definitely didn’t want to make a whole new batch just for a couple tablespoons needed. So I winged it and started using icing. Not something I’ve ever done before. I outline in buttercream, fill in icing, and use buttercream for details. Icing on top of blobs of buttercream? What the hell is that?

I’ll tell you. It’s butter. MELTED butter.

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Perfection. Accidental perfection.

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