It is hard to believe that Halloween is less than a week away. We are excited to take Judah trick-or-treating as this will be his first year actually walking to each house. Last year we didn't last long because we had to carry the 23-pound Chick-fil-a Cow up and down the block.
Since there are only a few days left to have an excuse for making disgusting looking food, I thought I'd throw these together and share them with you. Popcorn balls are actually very easy to make, but they do render a tiny mess. There are a few ways to help keep the stickyness off your hands when shaping the balls. One way is to oil your hands, but I found then that the actual popcorn balls are left with an outer layer of oil and will leave your guests with oily fingers, too. Another option is to wear latex gloves, and a third is to shape them between parchment or wax paper. The oil is probably the easiest, but lacks the best results. We're going for the gore factor here, though, so maybe oily brains will do. 🙂
“Brainy” Popcorn Balls
- 1 (10.5 ounce) bag marshmallows
- 3 Tablespoons butter , cut up
- 6 cups popcorn , popped and lightly salted
- red food coloring
- Melt the marshmallows and butter over very low heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, then squeeze in two drops of red food coloring. Slightly stir, allowing marble effect. Add the popcorn and mix until covered with the marshmallow.
- Either with lightly oiled hands, latex gloves, or between wax paper, shape the popcorn into eight equal sized balls. Place on sheet of wax or parchment, then press down slightly to achieve more of a brain shape. Squeeze another drop or two of red food coloring on the top of each popcorn ball, then use a paintbrush to paint a solid red line down the center. Paint on additional "blood" as desired. Allow to cool completely before serving.
- Source: Adapted from Tablespoon