Children living with celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, often feel left out at parties and holiday gatherings because most popular baked goods – cakes, pies and cupcakes – have gluten.
As a result, these children can’t enjoy the common treats served at these gatherings. However, there are yummy alternatives available. For example, here’s a yummy gluten-free treat you can make that can be enjoyed by everyone:
“Pumpkin” Popcorn Balls
Popcorn balls can easily be decorated to look like a pumpkin. Simply add food coloring to the sugar syrup and your popcorn ball can be any color under the rainbow. Since orange and black are colors associated with Halloween, you may want to use them.
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/3 cup of light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup of butter or margarine
- 1/3 cup of water
- Red and yellow food coloring to create the right shade of orange
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoons of natural vanilla extract
- 2 or 3 cups of air-popped popcorn
- Using an air popper, make two to three cups of popcorn and set this aside.
- In a heavy sauce pan, add the sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, food coloring and salt. Set the temperature to medium. Stir this constantly until all of the sugar dissolves.
- Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Let the syrupy mixture boil until it reaches 228 to 230 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. This is called the “soft ball” stage.
- Once it has reached this stage, remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla. Stir it to thoroughly combine.
- Next, pour the mixture over the popcorn you had prepared earlier. Stir this until all of the popcorn is uniformly covered.
- Allow the popcorn to cool until you can easily touch it without being burned. Take some of the popcorn and roll it into a ball. Set it aside. Repeat this until you have all the popcorn shaped into balls.
- Decorate each ball with black icing. Pillsbury white frosting is gluten-free and can be tinted to create black. You can create jack-o-lantern faces that are either scary or funny.
Just because children and adults withc celiac disease aren’t able to eat all the same things as other people, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy tasty Halloween treats.