Popcorn  Ball Snowmen

These snowmen are fun to make and cute on a holiday table.  You can use them as centerpieces or decorations for your food table.  This recipe will make two snowmen.

You will need:

1.  10 cups of popped corn.
     An air popper is a good choice.

2.  1/4 cup of butter or margarine

3.  1/2 cup of sugar

4.  4 cups of marshmallows

5. Raisins, candy corns, ribbon

A pair of snowmen made from popcorn balls
A bowl of popcorn with sticky goo on it

Step 1. Get the popcorn ready.

Over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the sugar and stir until well mixed with the butter.  Turn heat to low, add the marshmallows, and stir until melted.

Pour over the popcorn.  Wait for three or four minutes until the mixture cools slightly.  Butter your hands and mix until the popcorn is evenly coated.  Do this gingerly- you can burn yourself on the hot goo if you aren't careful!

Six popcorn balls of various sizes.

Step 2.  Make the popcorn balls.

Form two large popcorn balls (About three inches in diameter), two medium popcorn balls (About 2 1/2 inches in diameter) and two small popcorn balls (About 2 inches in diameter)

The popcorn balls have been stuck together, forming two snowmen

Step 3.  Assemble the snowmen.

Using a gentle twisting motion, push the popcorn balls together to form snowmen.

A pair of snowmen made from popcorn balls

Step 4.  Decorate! 

We add raisins for eyes, but you could use chocolate chips.  Candy corns make good noses, and ribbons make good scarves.  You could also use fruit roll ups to make the scarf.

You probably remember pictures or stories of popcorn threaded on a string and used to decorate the Christmas tree.  Perhaps you even did this as a child.  Popcorn still has a nostaligic association with Christmas.  It makes a delightful gift!

Popcorn is a New World food, grown by Native Americans for hundreds of years.  It was introduced to Europeans when they settled the New World.  Accounts of Cortes' conquest of Mexico mention the popcorn that the Indians ate and used in ceremonies.

Popcorn enjoyed a burst of popularity during the Depression.  While prices soared and people cut back on spending, popcorn remained an affordable treat.  It recieved a further boost during World War II.  Sugar was limited and candy supplies fell.  Americans turned to popcorn.  It remains popular today.  The invention of air poppers and microwave popcorn have made popcorn a quick, easy, healthy treat.  (If you don't add too much butter and salt!)

Tip:  You can make your own microwave popcorn.  Just put three tbs. of kernels into a brown paper luch bag.  Fold the top over several times, and microwave on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.  Listen for the popping to decrease and then take out the popcorn.  You will have about four cups of tasty popped corn.

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