Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Candied Corn

Made ya look, didn't I?  You were thinking the sugary orange, yellow and white stuff!  Well, as much as I love that stuff -- I think I like this even better!

This is what my sister-in-law's looked like!  Cute!

A couple of years ago, my sister-in-law had some "Candied Popcorn" that she got as a gift.  She's a teacher . . .need I say more?  Anyway, we all enjoyed it!  I kept thinking, "how would you make this stuff?!"  It was so good and crunchy and different!

Guess what!  I have something similar!  It's not exact and if when I make it again, I'll make a minor adjustment or two, but over-all, this first batch has the potential of being gone before the kids even get home from school!

The ingredients are simple and you've probably got them in your cabinet right now!  Try mixing up this little concoction and see what happens!  Wouldn't this be fun for a party, school treats, or holiday gifts?  Oh, the possibilities are endless (just wish my bucket was!).

Candied Popcorn

8 cups popped popcorn*

1/4 C butter (that's half a stick)
3 T light corn syrup
1/2 C sugar
1 - 3.5oz box jello, any flavor (not sugar free)

Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a jelly roll pan with foil, spray lightly with non-stick spray and set aside. Place popcorn in an extra large mixing bowl.

Place butter and syrup in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until butter is melted. Add sugar and Jello and stir to combine.  Increase heat and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so it just simmers. Continue simmering for 5 minutes. You'll start off with a mixture that's thick and as it cooks the sugar will dissolve as it heats thoroughly.

After the sugar mixture simmers for 5 minutes, immediately pour over popcorn in bowl. Be careful, it will take the first layer of skin off of you if you touch it!  Mix with a large spatula or wooden spoon until everything is well coated. Spread mixture onto prepared pan and spread out evenly.

Bake at 300 for 10 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven and let cool to room temp. Then break into pieces and enjoy!

**I used microwave popcorn.  It was totally convenient.  I used 3 bags -- I think that was too much.  You can tell by the picture that not every fluffy kernal was covered -- but don't let that fool you, it didn't stop us from chowin' down on it!  I think 2 bags would be better -- actually maybe 2 & 1/2 bags.  When you make it, let me know what you think!

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