Popcorn Pumpkins

    10 min

    The perfect sweet treat for Halloween. Melted marshmallows and popcorn are coloured orange, then shaped into pumpkin shapes with a liquorice stalk. They are sweet, crunchy and chewy.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 55g popped popcorn
    • 175g candy corn
    • 150g chopped salted peanuts
    • 115g butter
    • 150g mini marshmallows
    • 4 drops red food colouring
    • 3 drops yellow food colouring
    • 4 sticks liquorice, cut into thirds

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:5min  ›  Ready in:10min 

    1. Grease a muffin tin and set aside. Place popcorn, candy corn and peanuts into a large bowl and set aside.
    2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows, red food colouring and yellow food colouring, adjusting colour if needed to get a nice shade of orange.
    3. When the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the popcorn and stir to evenly distribute the candy corn, peanuts and marshmallow.
    4. Use a greased spoon to fill the muffin holes. Insert a piece of liquorice to act as the stem and mould the popcorn around it. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes and then pull the pumpkins out by their stems and admire your pumpkin patch!


    Candy corn is an American confection. You can purchase candy corn online.

    If your local supermarket doesn't stock liquorice sticks, you can purchase them online. Alternatively, you can cut liquorice bars into thin strips. If you don't like liquorice, use lollipop sticks.

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    This recipe was very good and fast to make...here are a few suggestions: 1. Beware of left over kernels from microwave popcorn, they definitely can hurt a tooth. Popping your own popcorn on the stove prevents this and is just as fast. 2. Put a couple cubes of caramel in the marshmellow sauce, this really makes a diffence! I did one sauce with and one without...the caramels add something that was lacking. 3. For a more vibrant orange use 4 drops of red and 5 drops of yellow. 4. Add few loose marshmellows to the popcorn mixture. 5. To evenly distribute the candy corn and peanuts, pour them ontop of the popcorn and then pour the sauce.  -  30 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    TIP: put popcorn in a brown paper lunch bag (no oil necessary) and microwave it. This is healthier than the chemical kind you buy. It is also easier than shaking a pan on the stove. Once popped, Tear a small hole in one corner of the brown bag and shake your popcorn over the trash can to get the unpopped kernels to fall out.  -  19 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is great! It's very fun for kids and adults. If you buy bagged popcorn do not buy really buttery popcorn. This recipe adds butter to the mixture - you don't want to over do it. The salty and sweet mix together very well. If you don't follow the recipe you won't get a 5 star result. Hope this helps! Thanks for the recipe. The kids at Day Care Loved them!  -  29 Oct 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)