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Make the Popcorn
Making colored popcorn can be a creative and fun way to celebrate any event - Valentine's Day, St. Paddy's Day, Easter, Passover, the Fourth of July, Christmas, your kid's birthday part, or even movie night.
Below is a list of ingredients that you will need for making this colorful treat:
- 8 cups popped corn, make sure to remove the unpopped kernels.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 10 to 15 drops of food coloring or about 1/8 teaspoon of gel food coloring.
First, begin with 8 cups of popped popcorn in a large bowl. Make sure there are no un-popped kernels.
Tip: Most bags of microwave popcorn make about 12 cups of popped popcorn.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Prepare the Pan
Next, line a 12-inch by 17-inch, or another large-sided, pan with aluminum foil. This will be where you put the covered popcorn to bake.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Heat the Ingredients
Then, over low heat, melt the butter with the sugar. Once melted, add the water and vanilla extract together and stir.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Add the Food Coloring
Bring mixture to boil over medium heat. Stir continually. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the temperature reaches 238 F with a candy thermometer. Then add the food coloring.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Once your sugar syrup mixture reaches 238 F, quickly add it to the popped popcorn in the bowl and stir into popcorn. Coat as much popcorn as possible.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Add to Pan and Bake
Spread the colored popcorn mixture onto the pan. Then, bake in 300 F oven for 10 minutes.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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