Gooey Caramel Apple Monster Corn from I Dig Pinterest {contributor}

Hi Ginger Snap readers!  I’m so excited to be here today! We’ve been having a ball this month over on I Dig Pinterest celebrating the "Halloween Extravaganza", so I thought I’d continue the theme and share a fun, festive treat with you too!

My kids love all things (friendly) monster.  Is there a child that doesn’t?  So when I saw these fun candy eyes the other day at Target, I knew I had to put them to use-Halloween style.  My mom has this famous (well not quite, but it should be) gooey caramel popcorn that my siblings and I used to just gobble right up.  I hadn’t made it for years, so I pulled it out of the archive. Why I waited so long, I don’t know, but I do know that it’ll be making a much more regular appearance at our house in the future.


There’s not much better than a glob of ooey gooey caramel popcorn that just about melts in your mouth.  Combine it with a generous drizzle of melted caramel apple taffy and it’s to die for! 
To "Halloween-ify" it, place a heaping helping in a mini decorative tin pail (I found mine at Target in the dollar section), sprinkle with gumdrops and press in candy eyes while the popcorn and taffy are still warm. 


4 c. unpopped corn kernels or about 12 c. popped corn
2 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 c. karo syrup
1/2 c. butter
dash of salt
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
1 pkg. (7.5 oz.) Caramel Apple Taffy (I found mine at the Dollar Tree)
Pop the corn.  Stir brown sugar, karo syrup, butter and salt in a sauce pan.  Bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Stir in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. 
Bring to a boil.  Pour over popcorn and carefully incorporate so all popcorn is covered. 
Unwrap taffy and melt in a buttered saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently.  Immediately drizzle over popcorn mixture.  Store in an air-tight container.
sprinkles (I ended up leaving these out)
gum drops (I found mine at the Dollar Tree and just used the Halloween-colored ones)
candy eyes

Other possible add-ins are candy corns, M&M’s, chocolate chips, pretzels, marshmallows, etc.  
So many possibilities!  I just decided to keep it simple to highlight the fun "monster" features.

I love that the melted taffy gives it the "green slime" look…so fitting for a Halloween dessert!
Cupcake liners are a perfect way to present and serve this fun treat at a party!  
Or, form it into mini balls, drop in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. 
It’s sure to be the talk of the party!
**Just a warning, one batch makes enough to feed an army,
so feel free to half the recipe if you’d like.

A BIG thank you to Ginger for having me. I hope you’ll drop by I Dig Pinterest soon for more fun Halloween ideas!  You can find me on Facebook and Pinterest too.

Oh my gooey-ness that looks amazing! I know my kiddos would LOVE this!
Adding it to our Halloween to do list right now! 🙂
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This project & post were created for Ginger Snap Crafts by I Dig Pinterest.

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