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Colorific Caramel Popcorn

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Colorific Caramel Popcorn
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 12
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Colorific Caramel Popcorn

What could be better than combining two of our favorite things: popcorn and rainbow colors!

Ingredients

3
quarts air popped popcorn (about 12 cups)
5
tablespoons butter
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1
cup light corn syrup
1
packet unsweetened drink mix
1
cup white sugar

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 225° F. (Optional: This is if you want crunchy popcorn instead of chewy).
  • 2 Combine butter, sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling.
  • 3 Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • 4 Remove syrup mixture from heat and stir in unflavored drink mix packet and baking soda. (The mixture will grow and become puffy).
  • 5 Pour syrup mixture over popcorn and mix until combined.
  • 6 Optional: For crunchy popcorn, place popcorn on a greased baking sheet and place in oven. Bake for 45 minutes, stirring after each 15 minute interval.
  • 7 Repeat recipe with additional colors/flavors of drink mix until you have all the colors you want to serve.
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Colorific Caramel Popcorn

As prepared by Gourmet Mom,

It’s National Popcorn Day!  I know it’s not a major holiday but let me tell you that if we had popcorn for at least one meal a day, my kids would be seriously happy.


I confess that on nights my husband is working late, my kids often request popcorn and smoothies for dinner (and they get it!). So, we are celebrating National Popcorn Day in a fun, bright way with Colorific Caramel Popcorn!

Boiling gelatin, coloring for rainbow popcorn

The fun colors come from using unsweetened powdered drink mix, you could use as many or few colors as you want.  TIP: Make it in team colors for your next football party. My kids loved the bright colors and the fruity flavors!  Simply make a syrup on your stove.

 

Adding baking soda to gelatin mixture for rainbow popcorn

Now for the magic part, add some baking soda. This makes your syrup “grow”! It becomes very puffy, which is why it’s a good idea to use a large pot for making this recipe (and with adult supervision).

 

red popcorn on a pan

Mix with air-popped popcorn and unless you’re a big fan of chewy popcorn, bake it in the oven for awhile so the syrup will harden.

 

rainbow popcorn in a candy jar

We made several batches in bright colors and then served it up in old-fashioned candy jars with scoops for easy snacking.  We also had fun rainbow-colored bags on hand so our friends could take home some of the fun!

Are you celebrating National Popcorn Day?  What is your favorite flavor popcorn or favorite add-in?



 

Mandy Heaston is a busy mom, gourmet cook — and opera singer! Look for Mandy’s posts on Tablespoon, and check her member profile often to see what she’s cooking up!

 

 

 

 
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