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Caramel popcorn crazy-daisies (1968)

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Crazy-Daisies bring on a smile

If you’re popcorn minded — and who isn’t? — you’ll go for these Caramel “Popcorn Crazy-Daisies.” They’re pretty either potted in a cluster as a centerpiece or arranged singly as place cards around the table.

“Crazy-Daisies” were designed to cause a chuckle, bring on a smile and set the mood for fun. And fun is what you’ll have when you “plant” your party table with these perky caramel popcorn treats.

Caramel popcorn crazy-daisies 1968Each “Crazy-Daisy” is a caramel popcorn ball on a stick, decorated with a gay and colorful paper-petal edging. They’ll do double service for you — first to add a bright note to your table; next, as a most delightful snack. The popcorn balls may be eaten as a dessert or carefully wrapped with saran and carried home as a reminder of your party. And don’t limit these to children’s parties; adults will love them, too.

When used as a centerpiece, we suggest you plant these caramel sweets in a styrofoam base that’s been well-weighted. Or, you might decorate a small, empty coffee can and fill it with sand, tiny pebbles or a heavy flower holder. Cover the top with crushed foil and push each stick-stem through. Paper leaves, or real ones, will help to add to the effect.

The “Crazy-Daisies” make ideal place cards, too, because guests’ names can be written on the petals of each caramel popcorn flower. The only gardener’s tools you’ll need for “growing” these daisies are freshly-popped corn and a bag of vanilla caramels; so they’re easy enough for even the youngsters to make.

Popcorn Caramel Crazy-Daisies recipe

Ingredients

1 package (14 ounce) caramels
1/4 cup water
4 quarts, popped corn, salted
Wooden sticks
Paper flower cut-outs
Toothpicks

Directions

Melt caramels with water in double boiler or in a saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until sauce is smooth. Pour over popcorn; toss until well-coated. Moisten hands with cold water and shape popcorn into 12 balls. Insert a wooden stick in each. Cut from colored paper 12 petal-edged flowers that are three inches wider in diameter than the popcorn balls. Place a popcorn ball in center of each flower and fasten with toothpicks. Use in a centerpiece cluster or at each place setting.

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