Wednesday Oct 18 2023
Lucinda here. Popping in to let you in on a little secret… Witches LOVE popcorn! And since October is both National Popcorn Month and National Caramel Month, I thought I’d share a couple of spooky recipes with you today. But, first… “Alexa, add slime and frog water to the shopping list.”
Okay, let’s begin. These recipes make frightfully fun gifts, whether you’re participating in neighborhood booing or simply want to do a little green-nosing with the witches at the office.
Recipe #1: Jello Popcorn
Pick your poison. This magnificent mashup can be any flavor you choose, depending on the Jello you select.
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 small packet of flavored Jello
10 cups of air-popped/plain popcorn
Combine all ingredients except popcorn into a saucepan and cook on medium-high heat until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Pour over popcorn and mix to cover evenly. Spread covered popcorn out on counter to cool and dry. Break apart pieces and start stuffing that witch!
Here’s how you create a witchy companion.
1. Wrap cellophane around a roll of paper towels and tape into place along the sides and bottom to create the structure for your witch body.
2. Fill half of the cello tube with plain popcorn and half with your Jello concoction. Roll the top of the cellophane down and staple in place to secure shut.
3. For the face, you can either use art supplies such as permanent markers or acrylic paint to create her gorgeous good looks, or you can opt for 3D facial flair.
4. What’s a witch without her wig and hat. Raffia is just the ticket for those flowing locks. Secure it in place with a little tape and then hide the evidence by topping your witch with her finest hat!
Tip: Doilies or a little lace wraps around to make a chic witch wardrobe.
5. Follow the same steps to create the arms and legs, opting for a smaller template/form than the full power towel roll. A partial roll works well. Create four tubes, fill them with green corn (or your fav Jello color/flavor), and secure the limbs closed using ribbon.
Isn’t she a beauty?
Recipe #2: Slime Popcorn
Jeepers creepers! Get a load of these peepers. Making popcorn eyeballs is easy. Here’s how the magic happens!
Popped popcorn (I use air-popped, but two bags of microwave corn would also work)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 package of mini marshmallows
Green and black food coloring
Melt butter, brown sugar, and marshmallows in the microwave for about 60 seconds. Stir for an additional 30 seconds. Color some of the mixture with green food coloring, some with black, and leave some uncolored. Pour your various shades over batches of popped popcorn and start shaping those eyes!
1. Roll your green popcorn into a ball and center on a ball of uncolored popcorn.
2. Add a few black pieces of popcorn to the center to create those piercing pupils.
3. String some licorice chording (I’ve used Twizzler Pull-n-Peels) to create those beautiful bloodshot veins.
NOTE: If you prefer eye of newt to eye of corn, you can always simply fill a cauldron with this hocus pocus and serve it that way. Add a few foot corns… errr, CANDY corns for good measure!
Tip: Shaping your eyeballs is easier with a little slime. I opt for the spray-on variety (non-stick Pam) and add a little to my hands.
That’s it! With the wave of a wand, you have a quick treat to enjoy; and if you’re feeling extra generous, a little leftover to share. Thanks for joining me today, witches! I can’t wait to see you at WitchFest soon!
Creepin it real!