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Friday, March 7, 2014

Sugar Popcorn Treat (Quick & Cheap)

Oh, I have got the BEST recipe for you today.  It's low-cost.  It's colorful.  It's fun.  It's easy.  Sugar Popcorn is the perfect treat or snack for a big party or crowd.  You can make a lot quickly and hardly spend anything.  Think of it for church groups, birthday parties, school ideas, etc.



This popcorn has a very sweet, sugary flavor.  It's very basic and simple.






This recipe is actually from my own mama.  She used to make this for me when I needed to bring a GREEN food to school on St. Patrick's Day.  She could whip it up in minutes and have enough for my whole class.



You are gonna want to have this recipe FOREVER.  

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My Little Son calls it "Painted Popcorn"





These are the ingredients you need (exact amounts below):

Here's the recipe:

SUGAR POPCORN

2 cups popcorn kernels (un-poppped)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
4 TB water
1 TB butter
Food coloring



Pop your popcorn (air popped works best).  This time I put my own kernels in the paper bag in the microwave (1/2 cup at a time).  Roll the bag top. Pop for about 2 minutes (listen to when it slows down).






 Put all ingredients in sauce pan (minus the popcorn).  Bring everything to boil, stirring constantly.





As soon as it boils, pour it immediately over your popcorn and stir it around until all the popcorn is covered.  Let it stand a few minutes.  The popcorn does not really stick together.  It's easy to separate.




That's all!  Enjoy.  Best if eaten fresh.







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26 comments:

  1. I want to do this with my girls! I've pinned it!

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  2. This sounds delicious! Thank you for the idea. I know my class will love it!

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  3. What a great idea! I love this! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. how much food coloring do you use?

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    1. Just use a few drops of food coloring. It's like when you make frosting, the more you add the darker it gets. I probably used 3-5 drops this time.

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  5. how long is it good for? I was wanting to give as christmas gifts, but wasn't sure how far in advance to make them.

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    1. I would say it's best in the first 2-3 days. After that it's starts to seem old. Hope that helps.

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  6. Do you boil it over medium heat?

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    1. Medium heat is fine. It may take a bit longer but it's safer so it doesn't burn. Just make sure it gets all bubbly and boiling without burning. Only needs to boil for a bit (a minute or less).

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  7. I teach Life Skills and we cook and I thought this would be a great idea! The kids loved it! It was cheap and easy for 75 students! One question I have candy flavors would a drop work to flavor it?

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    1. Oh, I've never tried it but that is an awesome idea! It seem like it would be fine. Let me know if you try it.

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    1. The way I show here is just a medium to large bowl of popcorn (2 cups unpopped popcorn kernels). But you can double it, triple, it or whatever for what you need.

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  9. Best coloured popcorn recipe I've tried. It's definitely a winner. Thank you

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    1. What a compliment! Thank you so much.

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    2. I made them in different flavours, green peppermint, pink strawberry and bubblegum blue

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    3. I love the idea of adding fun flavors!!!!

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  10. Made this in pink and blue and added cotton candy flavoring. My kids and cub scouts went crazy for it! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh my goodness! What superb idea to add the flavoring!!!

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  11. When you add the hot mix doesn't it ruins the popcorn? or did you let it cool down for a bit before adding it?

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  12. It hardens pretty quickly so I've never noticed a problem. It's a lot like caramel popcorn. When you put the hot caramel on it, the popcorn can handle it. Good luck!

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  13. I must've done something wrong. As soon as the warm mixture hit the popcorn it shriveled it up. I look it cool in the fridge and it still made the popcorn shrivel up. :(

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    1. Oh I'm sorry. I've never had s problem. It may shrink a little but it's not really extreme or very noticeable. You may want to cool it a little before. Sorry!

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  14. I would love to make this dairy-free for a birthday party with kids who have allergies. Have you ever tried it with coconut oil instead of butter? Do you think it would work?

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    1. I've never tried it! Let me know how it goes if you do!

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