Does anyone remember Popcorn Bunnies? I don't think they sell 'em in the stores anymore. At least I haven't seen any. It was a tradition, way back when I was a kid, to get one in your Easter basket. Eating the freaky eyeball was the highlight.
Okay, so 'bout 3 weeks ago, I received an email from Elizabeth in Georgia saying she'd been surfing around the web lookin' for a popcorn bunny for her sister. She'd found my post a year ago when I was rambling on about popcorn bunnies. I forwarded her the above picture of me with my popcorn bunny. Anyways, we got to talkin.... and I suggested the following...
I was thinkin'.... you could buy a big bunny pan (I've seen 'em at thrift stores), make a batch of popcorn balls (recipe below) and make yer own! Just press the popcorn gunk in the pan (grease the pan o'course first), let it cool a bit, pop the bugger out and WHAMMO! A homemade popcorn bunny! I betcha it'd work! You could even find some weirdo eyeballs at the candy store. Hey! Maybe this should go up on my blog or DIY! Hee. Hee. :-)
Well, little ol' Elizabeth went ahead and made the popcorn bunny and even SENT ME ONE! How cool is that?! I never did get around to making one for myself or as a DIY. I'm so psyched! I can't wait to tear into it. Thanks Elizabeth!
Now, if any of you'd like to make yer own.....you can find a bunny pan at The Dollar Tree or a thrift shop. Walmart even sells a plastic bunny filled with Ferrero Rocher, so you could use that too.
Here's my mama's popcorn ball recipe:
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 c. water
1/4 c butter
3/4 tsp vanilla
Food coloring (optional)
Mix all (except vanilla and food coloring) together in saucepan over
medium heat. Boil/bubble until it reaches soft ball stage on your
thermometer (or drop a bit in a glass of water, if it balls up it's
done). Add the vanilla and food coloring. Pour over the popcorn.
Mix with a wooden spoon. Let cool a bit. Wet hands and start making
balls or bunnies!