Caramel Popcorn Nests with Old-Fashioned Frosting

Caramel Popcorn Nests with Old-Fashioned Frosting

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Instead of the usual popcorn balls, turn them into delicate little nests! Make sure to have a little fun while plating these. The nests will look even more adorable in cupcake molds or with little marshmallow birds surrounding them.

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Chicago, IL

Time needed

15 min preparation + 15 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small bag of candy eggs
  • 5 cups of plain popped popcorn
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of sweet condensed milk
  • ½ cup of corn syrup
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sweetened coconut flakes, to garnish
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

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Directions

For the icing:
Before making the nest, bring milk and flour to a boil for one minute, all the while making sure to stir frequently. Remove from the mixture from heat and transfer into a medium size boil in order to cool. In a separate bowl whisk together sugar, butter, vanilla, and salt until the mixture is fluffy and smooth. Then, fold in milk and flour mixture before whisking together vigorously.
For the nest:
In a large saucepan, first melt butter the butter over medium heat before combining with sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and salt. Whisk together then slowly pour in the milk, making sure to stir constantly. Let the mixture come to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer for three minutes. Remove from heat, let the mixture cool for a few minutes before adding the popcorn.

Butter hands before taking a handful and shaping into a medium sized ball. To make the nest, press the ball down with two fingers and put aside to set. Once the popcorn nest has set dollop a spoonful of vanilla frosting on top, then place the candy eggs. Gently, press the eggs down to secure them before sprinkling the coconut flakes on top for added sweetness.




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