Witch's Hat and Broomsticks
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup light molasses
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 quarts warm popped popcorn*
Combine sugar, molasses, water and salt in a heavy saucepan.
Place over medium heat and cook, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Wash sugar from sides of pan with a wet brush. Cook to 270
degrees Fahrenheit (soft-crack stage on a candy thermometer).
Remove from heat; stir in butter. Pour glaze over popcorn
and mix well. Shape as directed below.
Pack 1 recipe of mixture into a large buttered funnel or similarly
slanted bowl. Immediately turn out the mold and finish shaping
into a pointed cone with hands. Cool. To assemble hat, place
popcorn cone on a 12-inch black cardboard circle or a 12-inch
plate. Decorate brim of hat with candy corn and licorice string
1 recipe. Measure 1 cup of mixture to shape into each broom
head. Insert wooden skewer for handle. Wrap with licorice
string. Licorice strings also may be cut in 2 1/2-inch lengths
and used for broom straws.
approximately 9 brooms.