Mummy in a can Gift
A Boo – Lishes Carmel Corn
Thanks to Marcee for passing along this Super Thrifty gift Idea.
*Plastic Bread bags
*Carmel Popcorn (Recipe below)
Carmel Popcorn Recipe
5 quarts (or 3 times with the air popper)
1 cup of butter
2 cups of brown sugar
½ cup of Karo Syrup
½ tsp. of Salt
1 tsp. of vanilla
½ tsp. of baking soda
I make the popcorn in an air popper. I use two bowls. The first bowl is used for catching the popcorn; once the popcorn is finished popping the first time. I stop the machine. I shake the bowl so all the unpopped seeds fall to the bottom. I than scope up the popcorn from the 1st smaller bowl in to the 2nd larger bowl. I do this 2 more times with the air popper.
I than melt the butter in a large pan on the stove top; once butter is almost melted; I add the brown sugar, karo syrup, and the salt; stir and turn the heat up so that the mixture boils. Once the mixture begins to boil, do not stir for 4 minutes. Once the mixture has boiled for 4 minutes remove from heat and add the soda and vanilla. Stir again. The soda will make the mixture bubble and turn a yummy golden color. Pour the mixture over the bowl of popcorn. Stir the mixture and the popcorn together. A REALLY large bowl helps. Stir until the mixture is attached to the popcorn. My kids like to eat it now, yet it will not stay for a long time unless the popcorn is baked. If you plan to store the popcorn, than you need to bake the popcorn.
You will need two large cookie sheets with sides on them. Put ½ of the mixture on each pan. Bake for an hour on 400 degrees. Stirring every 15 minutes, take out of the oven and let the popcorn cool.
Start with a used metal can from soup, beans, or anything. Make sure the inside of the can is not sharp. (If it is, please smooth it out with a pair of pliers.)
Warm up the glue gun. Next tear off an arm’s length of toilet paper. When the glue is ready, apply a nickel size amount of glue to the back side of the can. (The back is the side where the manufacturers attached their labels) Carefully attach the beginning of the toilet paper to the top of the can. Then wrap the toilet paper around the can until it is at the end. Glue the end of the toilet paper to the can. Spread the toilet paper out so the metal is showing. On some cans I added more glue to keep the toilet paper from slipping.
I than drew two eyes and colored the iris in with black. I drew the eyes looking in different directions for fun. I cut the eyes out and attached them to the can with the hot glue.
I insert a bread bag (found at Wal-Mart) in the can. I than put the popcorn in the bag while the bag is in the can, I fill until the popcorn is over flowing and I tie the bag shut with a knot. It makes the mummies look at if they have a hat on.
My family selects another family to drop these gifts off too. I park the car down the block; one child rings the doorbell and runs. The kids like to hide outside the house to see the reaction to the recipients faces. We then run back to our car and laugh at how much fun it was. We always leave a note, so they know it is from someone they know.
My daughter wrote the note this year: “You’ve Been Boo’ed”
It is a fun family tradition!