Popcorn Ball Turkey

These little popcorn turkeys are a perfect Thanksgiving craft.  We tell you how to make the popcorn balls using our favorite recipe but you can use any popcorn ball recipe.  You can also decorate with other types of candy.  We are going to try to make the tails with Gummi Lifesavers next year.  We like them better than gumdrops.

You will need:

1.  20 cups of popped popcorn (Makes about 10 turkeys)

2.  1 stick of butter or margarine

3.  1 cup of brown sugar

4.  A pinch of salt

5.  8 oz of marshmallows*

6. Toothpicks

7.  Gumdrops

8.  Chocolate peanut clusters or peanut butter cups

9.  A small amount of frosting

         *Printable popcorn ball recipe

Popcorn turkey
Popcorn balls

1.  Melt the butter in a large saucepan.  Add the sugar and the salt and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Add the marshmallows and stir until they are melted.  Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir until the popcorn is coated evenly. 

Allow to cool for several minutes until the marshamllow mixture is warm but not hot to the touch.  Butter your hands and form the popcorn balls.  (You should get about ten.)  Set the popcorn balls on wax paper and allow them to harden.  They will stay a little bit soft.

Gumdrops make a turkey's tail   2.  Put five gumdrops onto five toothpicks.  Arrange them into the turkey's tail.
Add the turkey's head 

 3.  Put a peanut cluster* onto a toothpick.  Press gently and twist while you press so the peanut cluster doesn't break.  This will be the turkey's head.

*We're going to try peanut butter cups next time.  We think they will be less likely to break.

 Popcorn turkey  4.  Cut a triangular piece out of an orange gumdrop.  This will be the beak.  Attach it to the head with a dab of frosting.
 Another way to make a turkey  5.  Alternate turkey - make small popcorn balls and use them for the turkey's head instead of chocolate candies.

Popcorn has a hard outer hull.  When the kernel is heated, the moisture inside the hull turns into steam and builds up preassure inside the hull.  When the pressure becomes strong enough the outer hull explodes with a popping sound and the inside of the kernel expands in an airy white morsel.

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