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Pink Popcorn Pops

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:38 AM
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 If you still need a creative (easy and cheap) valentine treat!

Show your child how to give that plain red lollipop some pizazz this Valentine’s Day! With some popcorn, pink marshmallow goo and a few decorations, she can take that regular lollipop and jazz it up into a super tasty treat! These lovely lollipops will wow your child, and make great gifts for friends or teachers. Your child will strengthen her motor skills and create a yummy final product, making this project well worth the sticky hands!

What You Need:

  • 7 cups popped popcorn
  • 2 T butter (or margarine)
  • Marshmallows (3 cups of miniature marshmallows)
  • 8 lollipops (Dum-Dums, or heart shaped ones lollipops)
  • Wax Paper
  • Red food coloring
  • Candy for decorating, such as red hots or red sprinkles
  • Cupcake cups (Use Valentine colors if you have them, or white)

What You Do:

  1. Have your child place the popped popcorn in a buttered bowl.
  2. Ask him to melt the marshmallows and butter together over low heat, until it is smooth and creamy. Be sure to continuously stir it so it doesn’t stick to the pot and burn.
  3. Once this mixture is completely melted, remove it from the heat.
  4. Help your child add a couple of drops of food coloring until the mixture reaches his desired pink color.
  5. Carefully pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn. Remember: the marshmallows will be hot! Let the mixture cool with the popcorn, and then have your child mix the two together until the popcorn is completely coated.
  6. Invite your child to butter his hands and fingers. He will love this part! Have one person hold the lollipop (be sure to remove any wrappers), and have your child take some popcorn mixture and squeeze it around the lollipop until the lollipop is no longer visible. With buttered hands, shaped the popcorn around the lollipop until it looks like a ball.
  7. Ask your child to take a cupcake paper and press it through the bottom of the lollipop stick, pushing it up until it’s cupping the popcorn ball.
  8. Have him place the confections onto a piece of wax paper.
  9. Lastly, invite your child to take some red hots or cinnamon candy and decorate the homemade popcorn lollipops! They’ll make a great gift, or a fun (and sticky!) treat to eat right away!
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 6:38 AM
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jennbec1
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 9:20 AM

 Ohhhhh....we might have to do this one!

Bonnie
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 9:21 AM

 Awesome, thanks for sharing!

Cindy18
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 9:47 AM
Those are cute. Where do you find all of this great stuff??!!
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auroragold
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 9:51 AM

 I am ALWAYS poking around for ideas because I

-provide group crafts to our homeschool group and I need stuff for the 3-15 year old set that is also affordable

-provide 6 weeks of crafts to our local library in the summer for up to 20 kids per week. Also needs to be affordable and something *I* can do

-need to keep my own child occupied when lessons are done and we're not leaving the house because it's too cold!

Quoting Cindy18:

Those are cute. Where do you find all of this great stuff??!!

 

Barabell
by Barbara on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Those are great gift ideas.  Thanks for sharing.

kmrtigger
by Kandice on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

 ADORABLE!

Miranda1127
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:05 PM

 those are really cute.

steelcrazy
by Emerald Member on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:06 PM

 I'm kinda grossed out at the tought of getting a bite of popcorn and lollypop at the same time.

auroragold
by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 2:16 PM

 Heck - I wouldn't eat them! 

I'd just give them to the kids

 

 I'm kinda grossed out at the tought of getting a bite of popcorn and lollypop at the same time.

 

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