Popcorn balls are a go-to Halloween treat, so put a spin on the traditional snack and make these Googly Eyed Popcorn Monsters! They're adorably spooky and a whole lot of fun to make...and better yet, they don't have to be perfect!
Bright orange googly-eyed monsters aren't going to scare anyone this Halloween. I
nstead, I'm guessing you might get lots of oohs, and aaahhhs when you make these for your friends and family. I did.
These kooky monsters are going to be auctioned off this week to raise money for a local Boy Scout troop. They'll be packaged up with some of my Cookies and Cream Halloween Popcorn. I hope these sweet treats will get a nice bid.
I've kept my promise this Halloween season and created lots of really easy edible craft projects. This recipe requires two ingredients plus some candy eyes and will take you and your kiddos no time at all to make.
Googly Eyed Popcorn Monsters (makes 6)
⅓ cup popcorn kernels
18 ounces melted orange confectionery coating or Candy Melts*
12 Wilton Spooky Candy Eyes
*See my chocolate making tips page for melting instructions.
air popper for the popcorn or a plain brown lunch bag and a microwave
extra large mixing bowls
2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper or non-stick foil
food handling gloves
Items used to create this project are available on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales)
Pop the popcorn.
Pop ⅓ cup of popcorn kernels in an air popper or if you prefer, you can use a paper bag and pop it in the microwave.
Place your kernels in a lunch bag, fold the top of the bag over a few times, heat the bag in the microwave on high power for 2-3 minutes until you hear the popping of the kernels slow to one to two pops per second. Times will vary.
Remove un-popped kernels.
However you pop your popcorn, you'll want to discard any unpopped kernels.
I shake my bowl, then scoop handfuls of popcorn out into another large mixing bowl.
Make orange popcorn.
Pour melted orange candy coating over popcorn.
Toss to coat.
Shape the monsters.
Scoop out 6 large spoonfuls of candy-coated popcorn, placing each scoop a few inches apart on your baking sheets.
I found it easiest to shape my popcorn into monsters using a gloved hand.
Immediately, press two green candy eyes onto each monster. If your candy coating hardens and the eyes won't stay put, you'll need to melt a bit more candy coating to use as glue.
Freeze for 15 minutes until the candy coating hardens. Allow to come up to room temperature before serving.
Store in a metal tin for up to a few weeks or eat within a day or so.