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Sharin' the Scarin'
Fun Ideas for Halloween

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Marshmallow Halloween Treats
Spooky Popcorn Witches
Boo-Licious Popcorn Bars
All Hallows' Popcorn Munch

(Family Features) - Witches and cobwebs and ghosts, oh my! Make your neighborhood Halloween party a spook-tacular feast perfect for sharing - and scaring - with family and friends. There's no trick to preparing these oh-so-simple recipes - they're sure to tingle the spine of any ghoulish goblin!

Cast a spell on a bowl of delicious freshly popped popcorn coated in gooey marshmallow creme and watch as it transforms into Boo-Licious Popcorn Bars and Spooky Popcorn Witches. Ordinary trail mix becomes All Hallows' Popcorn Munch with the drizzle of Candy Melts over the bewitching salty-sweet taste of kettle corn, chopped nuts and dried fruit. Top with ghostly icing decorations and "poof!" your guests will be howling for more!

For more frightfully fun ways to share the scarin', visit www.jollytime.com and www.wilton.com.

Ghostly Guest House

Creating a wickedly cool haunted house is easy when you start with a ready-to-decorate Wilton Halloween Cookie House kit available at craft and hobby stores. Just a few simple steps take your house from plain to scary.

  • Prepare icing following instructions. Attach house to base with icing.
  • Outline door with orange icing; attach jelly beans. Add orange icing window and doorknob; attach candy dot doorknob.
  • Outline black icing windows and fill in with orange icing; add candy dots.
  • Decorate house eaves with orange icing zigzags; add candy dots.
  • Pop popcorn. Spatula ice roof; gently press popcorn onto icing.
  • Spatula ice front walkway; break orange Candy Melts into pieces and press into icing.
  • Prepare Marshmallow Halloween Treats (see recipe), tinting marshmallow mixture green before adding popcorn.
  • Press green marshmallow-popcorn mixture onto base around house; sprinkle with orange jimmies.

Use your own imagination and candies to create a menacing mansion of your own!

Marshmallow Halloween Treats

Ingredients
  • 1 bag (3.5 ounces) Jolly Time Blast O Butter Microwave Pop Corn
  • 1 jar (about 7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • Favorite icing color (optional)
  • Vegetable pan spray

Preparation
    1. Pop popcorn according to package directions. Open bag carefully and pour into large bowl; discard unpopped kernels.
    2. In large microwave-safe bowl, microwave marshmallow creme 1 minute at 50 percent power. Remove bowl from microwave; if desired, stir in icing color. Gently stir in popcorn, mixing until evenly coated. Lightly spray hands with vegetable pan spray. Shape as described below.

Serves
Makes 8 balls or 12 bars

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Use Marshmallow Halloween Treats to make Spooky Popcorn Witches and Boo-Licious Popcorn Bars.

Spooky Popcorn Witches

Ingredients
  • Wacky Witch Silly-Feet! Silicone Baking Cups
  • Gum drops, mini candy-coated chocolates, red and black licorice, chocolate nougat candy, taffy, mini colored mints and other favorite candies
  • Ice cream sugar cones
  • Chocolate sandwich, gingersnap or other cookies
  • Tube decorating icing, any color
Marshmallow Halloween Treats
  • 1 bag (3.5 ounces) Jolly Time Blast O Butter Microwave Pop Corn
  • 1 jar (about 7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • Favorite icing color (optional)
  • Vegetable pan spray

Preparation
    1. Shape Marshmallow Halloween Treats into 8 balls; press into Silly-Feet! silicone baking cups. Flatten top of ball slightly where hat will be placed. While the popcorn balls are still warm, press in candy for teeth, nose, eyes and hair, attaching with icing if necessary.
    2. To assemble witch's hat, cut sugar cone approximately 2 inches from pointed tip; attach to cookie with icing. Attach hat to top of popcorn ball with icing.

Serves
Makes 8 popcorn balls.

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Note: Silly Feet! silicone baking cups can be purchased at craft and hobby stores or www.wilton.com.

Boo-Licious Popcorn Bars

Ingredients
  • Lavender, orange, green or other Candy Melts brand confectionery coating
  • Assorted Halloween sprinkles, sugars and nonpareils
  • Petite Ghosts and Smiling Pumpkin icing decorations
Marshmallow Halloween Treets
  • 1 bag (3.5 ounces) Jolly Time Blast O Butter Microwave Pop Corn
  • 1 jar (about 7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • Favorite icing color (optional)
  • Vegetable pan spray

Preparation
    1. Spray 8- or 9-inch square pan with vegetable pan spray; press Marshmallow Halloween Treats into pan. Let stand until completely cooled. Cut into bars.
    2. Melt candy according to package instructions. Dip or drizzle bars with melted candy. Add sprinkles, icing decorations and drizzles of contrasting colors of melted candy as desired.

Serves
Makes about 12 bars

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Note: Bar recipe can be doubled. Microwave 2 jars marshmallow creme 1 minute 30 seconds at 50 percent power. Stir in 2 bags popcorn. Press mixture into 13x9-inch pan. Proceed as directed above.

All Hallows' Popcorn Munch

Ingredients
  • 2 bags (3 ounces each) Jolly Time Healthy Pop 94% Fat Free Microwave Kettle Corn
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit bits
  • 1 package (14 ounces) white Candy Melts brand confectionery coating
  • 3 packages (0.9 ounces each) Petite Ghosts Icing Decorations

Preparation
    1. Pop popcorn according to package directions. Open bag carefully and pour into jelly roll pan; discard unpopped kernels. Sprinkle pecans and dried fruit over popcorn.
    2. Melt candy according to package directions. Drizzle over popcorn mixture; stir to coat mixture. Stir in icing decorations. Chill until candy has set, about 5 minutes. Break into pieces.

Serves
Makes about 12 cups

SOURCE: Wilton Industries, Inc.
Jolly Time Pop Corn


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