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Fun and Festive Popcorn Snack Ideas for Your Mardi Gras Celebration

Do you plan on celebrating Mardi Gras this year? Here are some fun popcorn snacks to make and enjoy with your family and friends!

Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls

Yield: 14 - 18 balls

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup candy-coated peanut candy
  1. Line a baking sheet or work surface with waxed paper; set aside.
  2. Stir sugar, corn syrup, butter and peanut butter together in a large saucepan.
  3. Bring to a full boil over medium heat.
  4. Stir in popcorn until well coated.
  5. Remove pan from heat and stir candy pieces gently into mixture.
  6. Allow mixture to cool just enough to allow handling.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop or buttered hands, shape mixture into 2-inch balls and place on waxed paper to cool.
  8. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container.

Popcorn Party Cake

Yield: 10 slices

  • 4 quarts plain popped popcorn
  • 3/4 cup peanuts
  • 3/4 cup gum drops or gummi candies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup small sugar-coated candies (M&M’s, Smartees, etc.)
  • Assorted lollipops
  1. In a large bowl that has been sprayed with cooking spray, place popcorn, peanuts and gum drops; set aside.
  2. Lightly spray a bundt pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Heat butter, corn syrup and brown sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  6. Pour hot syrup over popcorn mixture and quickly stir to coat thoroughly.
  7. Add small candies and quickly stir just until evenly distributed.
  8. Spoon into bundt pan; gently pushing mixture into pan.
  9. Cover pan lightly and allow to cool at room temperature 4 hours or longer.
  10. Invert cake onto serving platter.
  11. Push lollipops into top of cake before serving.
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  1. This are really good and tasty ideas. My youngest nephew loves popcorn, so he'd like that.

  2. These are delicious ideas. I had a friend I worked with from N.O. and he always brought me back crayfish and King Cake. yum!

  3. This is looking good and tasty

  4. These recipes look very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is such great idea. The recipe looks easy enough for me to make with my little girls. They will like these mix-ins.

  6. the goodies look great i love to try it

  7. This looks like it would be a fun and easy snack to make with the granddaughters.

  8. Very creative snacks for all of the festive activities.


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