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Festive Popcorn Trees

Festive Popcorn TreesFor a festive display, anchor each popcorn tree on a sugar cookie with icing (store bought or homemade) and decorate the serving tray with shredded coconut to resemble snow.

Recipe Ingredients:

10 cups air-popped popcorn
1 (10-ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Decorating sugar (green, blue)*
1 tube of white frosting (with decorating tip)
Assorted small colorful candies, such as sprinkles and miniature silver dragees

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place popcorn in large bowl.
  2. Place marshmallows and butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Pour mixture over popcorn in bowl. Toss well to coat popcorn evenly.
  5. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  6. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray, then scoop up about 1 cup of popcorn mixture.
  7. Shape mixture into a cone shape, keeping the base flat. This forms the tree.
  8. Sprinkle tree with decorating sugar; place tree on baking sheet.
  9. Continue to make the rest of the trees.
  10. Pipe frosting on trees to make a garland, then decorate them with colorful candies.

Makes 10 trees.

*Make your own colored sugar by adding food coloring to sugar, stirring in a bowl or shaking vigorously in a sealed container. Add more food coloring for more intense tones.

Tip: It’s important that this recipe starts with unflavored white popcorn for best color and flavor.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Popcorn Board.