Popcorn Candy Corn

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Halloween is only 5 days away which means Halloween parties! This is a quick and fun treat to serve to your guests. Candy corn is popular around this time, although I (like many others) do not like it at all. I do however like the colours and thought this treat would be a fun alternative to candy corn. It is also perfect for anyone with allergies such as gluten as it uses popcorn.

These are a sticker version of rice krispie squares. As it is popcorn they can become harder and staler much faster then the cereal version. If you plan on making these I recommend doing it the same day or the night before. Also take them out of the refrigerator for at least ten minutes before serving, this will help to soften them.
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You can either buy your marshmallows or make your own ( I have a recipe here, just don’t let them set and it will work). This is a small batch recipe, but easy to make more if needed. There are vegan marshmallows out there, but can be hard to find. You coulduse agar agar instead of gelatine and agave syrup instead of honey in my recipe to make your own vegan version.

I also did not add any vanilla flavouring to my marshmallows but you can do this, just add it in with the dye. As I could not find any orange food colouring I took one 28ml bottle of yellow and added in 1 drop of red, this made the perfect pumpkin orange.
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Hope everyone has a fun and safe halloween!! Happy haunting!!

Popcorn Candy Corn
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 10 Cups cooked popcorn, unflavoured and unsalted
  • 2 400 g bag mini marshmallows
  • 3  Tbsp unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance stick butter)
  • Orange food colouring
  • Yellow food colouring
Instructions
  1. Cook popcorn according to package.
  2. Separate popcorn into three bowls: bowl 1: 5 cups, bowl 2: 3 cups, bowl 3: 2 cup
  3. Heat up 1½ cups marshmallows with 1½ tbsp of butter in microwave. It took me 1½ minutes to get the right consistency, divided into 30 second bursts. Drop in yellow food colouring, roughly 20 drops.
  4. Add bowl 1 of popcorn to the yellow marshmallow mix, stir to coat.
  5. In a circular baking dish coated in a light brushing of butter or oil add yellow popcorn around the outer edges, you may need to dampen your hands to help with this.
  6. Next, heat up 1 cup of marshmallows with 1 tbsp butter in the same way as the first batch. Add in 20 drops of orange food colouring.
  7. Add second bowl of popcorn to orange marshmallows and stir to coat.
  8. Add next to yellow popcorn in baking dish, leaving a small circle in the middle of baking dish.
  9. Heat up ½ cup marshmallows with ½ tbsp of butter same as step 3. Add no food colouring once done.
  10. Add last bowl of popcorn to marshmallow and stir to coat. Add to the middle of the baking dish.
  11. With dampen hands make sure each layer is touching the other. Cover and chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.
  12. Once hardened, remove from baking dish and cut into triangles.
  13. Display on a spooky tray and serve to guests.

Enjoy!

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