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Popcorn Witch Hat and Broomsticks

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  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup light molasses
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/2 quarts warm popped popcorn
  • Licorice strings
  • Candy corn
  • Wooden skewers


Combine sugar, molasses, water and salt in a heavy saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring until sugar dissolves. Wash sugar from sides of pan with a wet brush. Cook to 270 F (soft-crack stage on a candy thermometer). Remove from heat; stir in butter. Pour glaze over popcorn and mix well. Shape as directed below.

Witch's hat: Pack one recipe of mixture into a large buttered funnel or similarly slanted bowl. Immediately turn out the mold and finish shaping into a pointed cone with hands. Cool. To assemble hat, place popcorn cone on a 12-inch black cardboard circle or a 12-inch plate. Decorate brim of hat with candy corn and licorice string tie.

Broomsticks: Make one recipe. Measure 1 cup of mixture to shape into each broom head. Insert wooden skewer for handle. Wrap with licorice string. Licorice strings also may be cut in 21/2-inch lengths and used for broom straws.

Serving Size: Makes approximately 9 brooms

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