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Description Edit

Makes 4 quarts

Ingredients Edit

  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp green food color (optional)
  • 3½ quarts popped popcorn, remove any unpopped kernels
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • licorice ropes, black wooden picks, small black gum drops or other small black candies
  • red decorating icing
  • tiny red jaw-breakers candy
  • worm-shaped candies

Directions Edit

  1. In Dutch oven, bring sugar, corn syrup and butter to a boil; boil 2½ minutes.
  2. Stir in pumpkin pie spice,vanilla, salt and food coloring(if desired) mix until evenly colored.
  3. Add popcorn and toss until evenly coated.
  4. Spread popcorn mixture in a single layer on greased sheets of foil and allow to cool and harden.
  5. Break into bite-size pieces and mix with candy corn in a wide shallow bowl; set aside.
  6. To make spiders, cut licorice into 2 inch lengths.
  7. To make legs, starting at one end, make three ½ inch to ¾ inch cuts to make four legs.
  8. Repeat cuts at opposite end.
  9. Leave about ½ inch in center uncut.
  10. Gently pull legs apart and curl down.
  11. Push wooden pick through center of body, leaving about ¼ inch exposed on top.
  12. Push one gumdrop onto exposed pick to make a body.
  13. Using writing tip of decorating icing, squeeze two small dots of icing into gumdrops.
  14. Press jaw-breakers into icing to make eyes.
  15. Place"spiders" and worm-shaped candies in popcorn.
  16. Remove wooden picks before eating.

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