Critters in the Hay

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Title: Critters in the Hay
Yield: 4 Quarts
Categories: Popcorn, Holidays, Kids, Halloween

Ingredients:

1 1/2 c Sugar
1 c Light corn syrup
2 tb Butter
1 1/2 ts Pumpkin pie spice
1 ts Vanilla
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Green food color(optional)
3 1/2 qt Popped popcorn; remove any
-unpopped kernels
1 c Candy corn
-Licorice ropes;black
-wooden picks
-small black gum drops or
-other small black candies
-red decorating icing
-tiny red jaw-breakers candy
-wormshape candies


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

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