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Colorific Caramel Popcorn

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 12
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What could be better than combining two of our favorite things: popcorn and rainbow colors!
by: Gourmet Mom
Updated Mar 8, 2017
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  • 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


  • 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. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • 3
    Remove syrup mixture from heat and stir in unflavored drink mix packet and baking soda. (The mixture will grow and become puffy).
  • 4
    Pour syrup mixture over popcorn and mix until combined.
  • 5
    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.
  • 6
    Repeat recipe with additional colors/flavors of drink mix until you have all the colors you want to serve.

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  • 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! 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. 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?
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