Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Can you believe it’s almost time for Halloween?  It’s definitely time to start planning any Halloween parties and costumes. These popcorn balls are really easy to make and are perfect for class parties or for your own trick-or-treat snacks!

Pumpkin Popcorn Balls
½ cup unpopped popcorn
½ cup light corn syrup
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup butterscotch chips
orange gel food coloring
butter
Air pop popcorn in an air popper or on the stove.  Place in a large bowl and set aside.  In a medium saucepan combine corn syrup and brown sugar over medium heat until mixture begins to boil.  Add several drops of food coloring until mixture looks dark orange (about 4 drops). 
Pour candy mixture over popcorn and sprinkle in butterscotch chips.  Mix with a wooden spoon.  Butter your hands and – working quickly – form popcorn into balls.  Place balls on a piece of waxed paper and let cool. 
To form stems, bake your favorite sugar cookie dough in a flat sheet.   Cut dough while still warm and form into stems. 

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