Sunday, May 29, 2011

Red, White and Blue Popcorn

My girls fell in love with this "Jello Popcorn" recipe that we tried out last week.  This week we decided to make some red, white and blue popcorn in honor of Memorial Day.  It's super easy to make and odds are, you have everything in your pantry already.




Preheat oven to 250 degrees

Spray a medium size saucepan, wooden spoon. large mixing bowl and a baking sheet really well with Pam.  (I actually lined my baking sheet with parchment paper before spraying with Pam to make it easier to clean up) 

I popped two bags of popcorn in the microwave and placed it in the large bowl.  (Try to get rid of the unpopped kernels)

In the medium size saucepan, mix all the following well, and over medium-high heat bring to a boil.  Continue to let it boil while stirring it, for about 3 or 4 minutes, till it is nice and thick.

1/2 cup margerine
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
Jello mix (3oz box)

Pour the Jello mixture onto the popcorn and stir it until the all the popcorn is well coated.  Pour the popcorn onto the Pam coated baking sheet.  Bake it for 20 mins, stirring once halfway through.

Remove from oven and place cookie sheet on a wire cooling rack, or transfer popcorn to another baking sheet lined with foil.  When cool break apart into small pieces.


For the red popcorn, I used strawberry flavored jello, for the blue popcorn I used berry blue.  For the white, I just left the popcorn plain.  If you wanted to go all sweet you could use microwave kettle corn instead.  The Berry Blue Jello was a little bit lighter blue than I had envisioned so I dropped in two drops of food color to darken it a little.


My girls had fun measuring out the ingredients and then bagging it up to give away to their friends!  Think of all the fun colors you can mix up for different holidays!

30 comments:

The Mylers said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! I love it!

Jocelyn Christensen said... Best Blogger Tips

What a cute idea!!

-Jocelyn (http://beinglds.blogspot.com)

Kasey said... Best Blogger Tips

How long was it good for? I would love to make this for our 4th of July vaca but I would have to make it a couple of days early. I know popcorn is funny like that. Great idea!!

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kasey
The longest we have kept it is for a week in a Ziplock and it still tasted good! Enjoy your vacation!

Rhonda Lindsey said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm adding these treats to my July 4th party. Love the idea. Thanks!!!!!

Camden said... Best Blogger Tips

My kids are popcorn fanatics, so we're definitely trying this next week.

Also, I'm planning on linking to this post in my 4th of July recipe post on my blog. Would you mind if I use the picture from your site (I'll credit you and link to you, of course)?

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@Camden - Sure! Enjoy!

country cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so yummy. I can't wait to make some for the 4th. Thanks for sharing!!!
Cheri

Angel said... Best Blogger Tips

I'll be making this as our fireworks watching treat!

Amy@ Just Pleased as Punch said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks yummy and adorable! I featured you over at www.justpleasedaspunch.blogspot.com. Check it out!

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@Amy at Just Pleased as Punch. Thanks soo much for featuring me. I checked out your blog - very cute! I am your newest follower!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope it's okay I linked this to a blog post! So darling.

Jackie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a really cool idea. It would make great treat bags for kids during the various holidays at my son's school. Just change up the colors. Thanks for sharing.

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@Courtney at A Thoughtful Place - Thanks for featuring me - I'm now following your blog - very cute!

@Jackie - That's a great idea! I wish our district allowed us to bring in homemade food. Everything has to be store bought :(

Kate @ craftwhatever said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this idea! I made it for my son's birthday party (which happens to be on July 4th!). I linked to this from my blog! Thank you for sharing.

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kate at Craftwhatever. Thanks for the mention. I can't believe you threw all that together in a day especially after coming back from your vacation!! My sister's b-day is on the 4th too and for the longest time she thought all the fireworks were just for her LOL.

SJ said... Best Blogger Tips

Is this grandular in texture when it is done or do you get a soft, smooth, candy like finish??? I have made two different versions of this and both were very sugary (grainy) when baked.

Thank you in advance!

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@SJ

I usually use the smaller amount of sugar and mix it really well. Be sure not to "over boil" it or will get more grainy. I've found that cooking the popcorn on low heat in the oven really does give it that candy coating taste.

Good luck!

SJ said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you Clair for your prompt reply. I will give it a go with the small amount of sugar and be careful not to boil long and hope for the best.

Best regards,
Shoni

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello.
I found your patriotic popcorn on tipjunkie and followew the liink to here. I was so glad to see this reciepe. I have beed trying to find a way to dye popcorn but I keep failing. I think this might do the trick. I'm gonna try your colors and then something for St.patrick's day. We always had these giant bags of green popcorn that my dad used to bring home(except not sweet). So it's the memories that go with it for me. So in other words thank you very much. And I hope this works out for me. Thank you!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for this, I need this for my daughters monster high birthday party next week I'm making Ghoulia Yelps red brain puffs popcorn! Thanks for sharing Heather James Inspiring Mums® xx

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Sew, Scrap, Make said... Best Blogger Tips

Just curious, is it supposed to be a little soggy? I only used 1 bag of popcorn, all I had in the house and my son was too excited to wait to go get more. It turned out a little soggy, but I was thinking it might be because the popcorn was drenched in the jello. Does putting it on more popcorn make it crunchier?

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sew, Scrap, Make

I've never had it turn out soggy for me. My guess is there was too much syrup for the amount of popcorn. If you do want a lot of syrup on it, I would try cooking it longer, or even just turning off the heat but leaving it in the oven with the door closed so it can dry out.

If you make it with more popcorn, it should come out nice and crunch!

Good luck
Clair

T.Irwin said... Best Blogger Tips

We had made this for the Utah Pioneer Days celebrations. Each child in our group was given a baggie with the colored popcorn and it was a HUGE hit!!! Everybody (children and adults alike) loved the flavors. It was perfect!
Thank you!

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@T.Irwin
I'm so glad the kids had a great Pioneer Day and enjoyed the popcorn.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I would like to use fresh popcorn, instead of microwave popcorn. Do you know how many cups I should use?

crystalightning said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi I love this idea... can I use butter? Or those it have to be margarine?

How many bags of popcorn?..I bought the microwave kettle popcorn

deb said... Best Blogger Tips

I just made for the 4th of July with berry blue and strawberry. I also did the "white" with Knox gelatine to give all of it the same flavor. Taste great and looks amazing. Thank you for the idea.

Clair said... Best Blogger Tips

@Anonymous Sorry for thelate reply, I hope you figured it out. A bag of microwave popcorn has about 8 cups in it. Hope it workded out well with the fresh popcorn.

@Chystalightning - you can absolutely use butter. I usually use two bags of popcorn. Each bag of popcorn has about 8 cups of popped popcorn in it.

@Deb So glad you enjoyed it. Great idea to use the Knox gelatine so that it all has the same taste and consistency!