Caramel Popcorn Ghosts

Caramel Popcorn Ghosts

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 25
Created from caramel popcorn balls, these ghosts make ghoulish party favors for Halloween gatherings. Take care when working with the caramel, as it is very hot when cooked.


  • 8 cups popcorn
  • 3⁄4 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


In a large oiled bowl, combine the popcorn and almonds. Set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, water, butter and salt. Boil until a candy thermometer registers 270º to 275ºF. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

Lightly oil a baking sheet. Pour the caramel over the popcorn mixture and toss with 2 rubber spatulas to coat evenly. Working quickly, using oiled hands, shape the popcorn into small balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Let cool.

Wrap each popcorn ball in a square of parchment paper, place in a cellophane bag and tie a ribbon at the base of the ball. Makes 25 popcorn ghosts.
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