Festive Popcorn Trees
Spend a snowy afternoon in the kitchen with your kids. They'll love that they can decorate these popcorn trees differently and make them their own!
Yield: 10 trees
- 10 cups air-popped popcorn
- 1 10-ounce bag miniature marshmallows
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Decorating sugar (green, blue)*
- 1 tube of white frosting (with decorating tip)
- Assorted small colorful candies, such as sprinkles and miniature silver dragees
- Place popcorn in large bowl.
- Place marshmallows and butter in medium saucepan over medium-lowheat. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour mixture over popcorn in bowl. Toss well to coat popcorn evenly.
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray, then scoop up about 1 cup of popcorn mixture.
- Shape mixture into a cone shape, keeping the base flat. This forms the tree.
- Sprinkle tree with decorating sugar; place tree on baking sheet.
- Continue to make the rest of the trees.
- Pipe frosting on trees to make a garland, then decorate them with colorful candies.
- Place each tree on a sugar cookie and decorate your serving tray with shredded coconut to resemble snow.
- It’s important that this recipe starts with unflavored white popcorn for best color and flavor.
- Make your own colored sugar by adding food coloring to sugar, stirring in a bowl or shaking vigorously in a sealed container. Add more food coloring for more intense tones.