Preparation / Directions:
In a heavy saucepan over low heat, slowly melt butter and marshmallows, stirring constantly until smooth. Add food coloring if you like and stir until evenly blended. Pour over popped pop corn and mix until well coated. Form into shapes, using lightly buttered hands to protect them from the heat, or press into balls using the jolly time pop corn ball maker or assorted molds.
CHILD'S BIRTHDAY: Create a pop corn carousel or pop corn cake, topped with candles and trimmed with gumdrops and other favorite candies. Or create pop corn clown faces, starting with a pop corn ball face and adding an ice cream cone for the cap and a paper doily for a ruffly collar. Add candy coated chocolate eyes, gumdrop ears and smiling gumdrop lips.
EASTER EGGS, BASKETS AND MORE: Add pastel jelly beans to the pop corn marshmallow base and shape mixture into small oval shaped eggs. When firm, place in a beribboned Easter basket. Make an Easter basket by molding the pop corn mixture on the outside of a bowl or cake pan. Bunnies and lambs can be shaped using cake pans or molds. Decorate with pastel ribbons and candies.
HALLOWEEN FUN: Create Halloween pumpkins, ghosts, scarecrows and cats. Decorate the molded pop corn with candy corn, orange and black jelly beans, peanut butter pieces, candy coated peanus, raisins or licorice whips.
HOLIDAY MAGIC: Use a ring mold to shape a holiday wreath and decorate with spearmint candy leaves and red gumdrops. Use bell or tree shaped pans to make a holiday centerpiece. Decorate the tree with assorted candies. Make snowmen or Santa faces out of pop corn balls.
CHRISTMAS TREE GARLAND: For old fashioned Christmas fun, add strings of pop corn to miniature and family trees. For best results, pop pop corn a day in advance so it doesn't break apart when you string it using a needle and thread. For a pretty effect, add fresh cranberries to the pop corn str