and Indian Popcorn Ears
6 quarts unsalted popped popcorn
2 cups sugar
1 can (6 oz.) frozen orange juice concentrate
3/4 cup cranberry juice
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Small colored candies
Keep popcorn hot and crisp in a 300-degree Fahrenheit oven.
Combine sugar, orange juice concentrate, cranberry juice,
corn syrup, vinegar and salt in a heavy saucepan. Bring to
a boil; cook over medium heat to hardball stage (250 degrees
on candy thermometer). Pour glaze in thin stream over popcorn
in a large buttered bowl and mix well.
with buttered hands, form two-thirds of mixture into basic
shape of pumpkin. Shape remainder into ears of corn. To apply
finishing touches, heat a little corn syrup, brush on corn
ears, press small candies firmly in place to resemble Indian
corn; cover with green paper napkin or cellophane to resemble
shucks. Make pumpkin's eyes, nose and mouth from licorice
strings and apply as above; cut gumdrop to make a stem. Yield:
One Jack-O'-Lantern and six ears of corn.