Recipe: Halloween Popcorn Mummy Hands

updated May 1, 2019
Popcorn Mummy Hand

A classic blast from the past, updated for the kids of today.


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Who remembers eating a handful (pun intended) of popcorn out of a plastic glove, spookily detached from its ostensible mummy body, and racing to get to the bottom where the treat — a single candy corn in the tip of the finger — awaited?

Raises hand!

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Popcorn Mummy Hands: Then and Now

This funny little Halloween treat is one that feels particular nostalgic for children who grew up in the late ’80s and early ’90s, but it actually goes all the way back to the eighteen-eighties, when popcorn and plastic gloves were considered novel.

Starting in the ’60s, microwave popcorn manufacturers included cellophane bags with their popcorn that could be used to serve the popcorn and were sometimes used as loot bags for trick-or-treaters.

A Classic Treat, Updated

We’re putting a little modern twist on these, calling for cheesy puffed corn, not only because it’s easier and safer for the littlest kids, but it also lasts a little longer than fresh-popped popcorn in the gloves. But we kept the candy corn nails — the essential finishing touch for this classic treat.

The hardest part of this recipe is tracking down the gloves. Most grocery stores have moved from selling these clear plastic gloves to latex instead, so hit up your local hardware store, restaurant supplier, or Amazon for these food-safe, unpowdered plastic gloves.

We really love cheddar puffed corn like Pirates Booty for filling these for younger kids (popcorn isn’t recommended for children under 5) but any white, puffy snack will work to fill the gloves.

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Popcorn Mummy Hand

A classic blast from the past, updated for the kids of today.

Makes 6

Nutritional Info


  • 1 (18-ounce) bag

    Pirate's Booty or White Cheddar Popcorn, such as SmartFood (roughly 8 cups)

  • 1 cup

    candy corn (about 30 pieces)

  • 6 large

    plastic gloves

  • 6

    twist ties


  1. Place one piece of candy corn into the finger of each glove. Fill each glove with 2 cups Pirate's Booty, being sure to work some of the pieces down into each finger. Use the twist ties to close the gloves.