POPPED! DIY Thanksgiving Pie-Inspired Treats

When it’s time for a sweet treat, look for seasonal goodies that complement the essence of fall. For example, reach for an option like whole-grain, fluffy and crisp popcorn which can be an easy, DIY snack.

Combine sweet and salty flavors to create something delicious and festive to devour like Coconut-Popcorn Crunch Pie, Peanut Butter Pie Popcorn Squares, Key Lime Popcorn Clusters or delightful Down Home Apple Pie Popcorn — all inspired by your Thanksgiving favorites.


Coconut-Popcorn Crunch Pie

Yield: 12 servings

2     quarts popped popcorn, unsalted

1     can (4 ounces) flaked coconut, toasted

1     cup sugar

1     cup light corn syrup

½    cup butter or margarine

1/4  cup water

2     teaspoons salt

1     teaspoon vanilla

1     quart vanilla, spumoni or butter pecan ice cream

       fresh fruit, for topping (optional)

       chocolate sauce, for topping (optional)


• In large, buttered bowl, mix popcorn and coconut. In saucepan, combine sugar, syrup, butter, water and salt. Bring to boil over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Continue cooking until syrup reaches hard crack stage (290-295 F).

• Stir in vanilla. Pour syrup in fine stream over popcorn mixture; stir until particles are evenly coated with syrup.

• On buttered, 12-inch pizza pan, spread half of popcorn mixture in thin layer, covering bottom of pan. Mark off into wedge-shaped servings; set aside. Repeat using remaining popcorn mixture; cool.

• Cover one layer with ice cream; top with second popcorn layer. Store in freezer. To serve, cut in wedges. Serve with fruit or chocolate sauce, if desired.

For more creative, DIY popcorn recipe ideas, visit popcorn.org.

Source: Family Features

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