Candied Popcolorn

Have you ever pondered the joy that is corn?
(No. Before this post, neither had I.)
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Cornsider how void life would be without
corn chips
or
cornbread.
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.
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Not to mention
where our language would be without the following words:
CORNerstone
CORNrows
CORNingware
pepperCORN
piCORNavirus
saliCORNia
Children of the CORN
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*I rest my corn case.
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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.
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Crunch.Crunch.Time to Munch!
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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
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Cover two cookie sheets with foil, then spray lightly with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 225 degrees. Set aside.
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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.
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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.)
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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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27 Responses to “Candied Popcolorn”

  1. 1

    Lisa on May 25, 2009 at 12:08 pm Reply

    Now this would be perfect for a kids party.

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    The Cookie Girl on May 25, 2009 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Love that colorful corn. YEs,Life would be dull without corn.
    lol

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    Noodle on May 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm Reply

    I adore corn, especially since I was raised in farm country – Central Illinois. The corn grows really tall out there! My favorite is sweet corn on the cob, along with watermelon, sliced tomatoes, potato salad, and all those bbq/picnic-y foods. Yummy!

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    Diana on May 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm Reply

    This looks like such a fun recipe. I can’t wait to try it out with my boys! Thanks. I am so happy I discovered your blog thru cjane.

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    Liz on May 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm Reply

    Boy a great snack plus a nice conversation piece!

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    Sassypants Wifey on May 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Oooh, that looks wonderful! I wish i felt like cooking at all.

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    Kim on May 25, 2009 at 4:25 pm Reply

    Love the UniCORN pic..fabu recipe too!

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    {Katie Lane} on May 25, 2009 at 4:39 pm Reply

    This is awesome!

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    apparentlyjessy on May 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm Reply

    I love popcorn whilst watching movies…perhaps I will have to make some for my S&TC marathon effort!

    I would love for you to come live near me…hehe but I live in a seaside town, and sadly not many white picket fence cottage like homes… but hey, how about a sea side house? We got plenty of those! I'd love to bake you cupcakes any old time!

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    Amanda on May 25, 2009 at 7:19 pm Reply

    Even though I usually only get a few pieces into my popcorn before moving on to something cakey and delicious, I love these fun colors! And… corn is tops. My favorite is sweet corn bread.

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    Katie on May 26, 2009 at 7:01 am Reply

    It looks so pretty! I’m not a very good baker/cook/food creator, but maybe I should give this one a go. I mean, its POPCORN! How badly can I mess that up?!?!? :)

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    Noah's Mommy on May 26, 2009 at 7:01 am Reply

    Corn…fabulous….wonderous, under appreciated corn….Love how it got a brighter makeover….

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    Bonnie on May 26, 2009 at 8:08 am Reply

    Love, love, love this treat idea!!! I am definitely making this for my daughter’s birthday party this year! What a happy little bowl of corn that is! LOVE it!

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    Sophie on May 26, 2009 at 9:18 am Reply

    My goodness, this would be such a great treat to serve at any kiddos party! How fun! My hubby is a big popcorn fan, I’ll have to pass this recipe along to him :).

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    The Blonde Duck on May 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm Reply

    I just love everything you do. I’m checking out that craft site!

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    Diagnose Rachel on May 26, 2009 at 7:44 pm Reply

    awww…sweet sweets!
    I’m going to print this for the kids to do with the nanny this summer. FUN WITH JELLO!
    (funny for me after half a year of eatting only Jello and oatmeal and produce so that I could avoid gallbladder surgery during preggo #4…i would make a GALLON of Jello every 5 days. That’s how much I ate!)
    I’m also going to add it to my recipe book for “things to look forward to doing again when I’m a healthy mom again”

    Thanks for the smiles :)

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    Phantomkid on May 27, 2009 at 9:39 am Reply

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    Michelle on May 27, 2009 at 11:11 am Reply

    How fun is this??!! I know that my daughter would get a huge kick out of this pretty popcorn!

    Life is too short to eat boring plain popcorn! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Jaime on May 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm Reply

    You’re a hoot (And I almost NEVER say that word!)
    Thank you for bringing to my attention one more thing to be grateful for in my nightly prayers!

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    lyndsay on May 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm Reply

    CUTE! love the pale perfect padtel popcorn…

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    Joshley and The Charles on May 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm Reply

    I love cooking and i love your blog!! I am new to all of this and I will totally be back :)

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    kathy on May 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Oh my boys will love this! I’m sorry I’ve been absent, I left a post on my blog explaining everything.

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    newlyweds on May 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm Reply

    What a cute idea!! Love popcorn, and sweet corn even better, love reading you posts. So fun.

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    Tami (Pixeltrash) on May 28, 2009 at 6:24 pm Reply

    I love You Can Make This. That’s where I learned to sew!

    Your corn is toooo pretty. I’d love to try it.

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    Mary@Holy Mackerel on May 28, 2009 at 8:16 pm Reply

    Corn has been my favourite vegetable since I was a wee one. I would be such a sad little person without it in my life.

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    flamegoddess65 on May 29, 2009 at 6:39 am Reply

    gotta love how you so subtly added Mr. Pattinson into your blog ;)

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" on May 29, 2009 at 9:37 am Reply

    Adorable!! I love all the colors! I grew up eating PINK popcorn just like this.

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