Candied Popcolorn

Have you ever pondered the joy that is corn?
(No. Before this post, neither had I.)
Cornsider how void life would be without
corn chips
The jawbreaking crunch of cornnuts.
The finger-scalding freshness of hot corn on the cob.
And, might two hours of movie-watching the likes of
Brad Pitt or Gerard Butler
{or Robert Pattinson}
be tolerated without salt and butter
and {pop}corn?
I say nay.
Not to mention
where our language would be without the following words:
Children of the CORN
*I rest my corn case.

Candied Popcolorn
I know some of you non-foodista’s will look over the next several paragraph’s and say “too much work!” To you, I say, give this one a go! It took my 10-year-old son and I about 25 minutes to whip up an entire patch of six-color popcorn (half the time for the siblings to tear through it the next day.) The flavoring is light, and fun with a pillowy-crisp coating perfected after baking in a two-hundred degree oven for an hour.
Crunch.Crunch.Time to Munch!
1 c. popcorn kernels
6 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. water
6 t. butter
1 t. vanilla
1 tsp. powdered jello mix
(I used strawberry, peach, lemon, lime, berry blue, grape)
Assorted Wilton icing colors
(should you desire to put some added color oomph)
1 tsp. baking soda
Cover two cookie sheets with foil, then spray lightly with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Set aside.
Using an airpopper, pop popcorn, then gentle transfer to a large bowl to remove any unpopped kernels. Should equal about 12 cups, popped. Prepare for your first batch of colored popcorn by spooning 2 cups of popped corn into a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, water, butter & vanilla. Bring to a boil and allow to bubble over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Push large sauce pan to back of stove, and place a medium saucepan over hot burner. Working quickly, spoon 1 c. of boiled sugar mixture into medium saucepan. A 1 tsp. of powdered jello mixture, whisk well, then allow to boil for one more minute. Remove from heat (I just left the stove on because I was returning quickly for the next batch and didn’t want to wait for it to reheat), put a pinch of baking soda in the mixture (just a bit! If the mixture doesn’t foam slightly, add just a bit more), stir, then pour immediately over the bowl readied with 2 cups of popcorn. Stir to coat, then spread into a corner of waiting cookie sheet (It doesn’t have to be a single layer, just sort of spread it out a bit so it’s not in a giant clump.)
Rinse saucepan with warm water, dry, then return to stovetop. Spoon another 1 cup of boiled sugar mixture into saucepan, add 1 tsp. of another color of jello powdered mix, then repeat as above with a second bowl of popcorn. Continue until all popcorn is coated, then bake in oven for an hour. Allow to cool before serving. Stores well in an airtight container for 1-3 days.

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