In anticipation of the upcoming Easter holiday, I created these cute little creatures as table favours. They are essentially popcorn balls on sticks, adorned with a few little avian accessories. They are gooey, chewy, and lots of fun to make. This recipe makes 10 chicks. You’ll need:
- 12 cups popped popcorn
- 1/4 cup butter
- 4 cups mini marshmallows
- 2 1/2 cups yellow candy melts
- 1 cup corn syrup
- yellow food colouring
- cooking spray
- 10 lollipop sticks
- 10 yellow “citrus slices”
- 20 green, or blue candy coated sunflower seeds
- 20 orange “Mike and Ike” candies
Start by melting your butter in a large pot. Once melted, add your marshmallows and stir until they are gooey and mostly melted. Then 2 cups of your candy melts (you can use plain white chocolate, and just add more food colouring), your corn syrup, and enough food colouring to achieve your desired yellow. Continue stirring until the mixture becomes sticky, and a bit stringy.
Pour your popcorn into the largest bowl you can possibly find, and cover it with the marshmallow mixture. Combine the two until all of the popcorn is coated.
Spray your hands with cooking spray and grab a large handful (about 1 cup) of coated popcorn. Squeeze and roll it in your hands until it forms a fairly dense ball. Set aside on a parchment lined baking tray and repeat this process until your popcorn is gone.
Melt the remaining candy melts in the microwave by zapping them for 20 second increments, and stirring in between. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted candy and then force it into a popcorn ball (about 1 1/2 inches deep). The candy will prevent the stick from sliding around in your popcorn ball. Repeat this process with the remaining popcorn balls.
To decorate, cut your citrus slices in half, dip the raw edge of each half in the melted candy, and adhere it to the side of your chick like wings. Dip your Mike and Ike candies, and stick them onto the front of your chick like a beak. Carefully dip your little sunflower seeds, and stick them on for eyes.
You can package these up in cellophane and give them as Easter gifts, or hide them in your yard as a special treat during an egg hunt. Kids and kids at heart will get a kick out of their chubby little faces. Happy Easter everyone!