Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Just for Fun-- Candied Popcorn Bags

It's a little late for St. Patty's Day posts, but I did decide I'd share a tasty recipe that I tried out this last week for candied popcorn, aka, Jello Popcorn. Thanks to Our Best Bites for such an easy, and surprisingly tasty treat!

recipe by ourbestbites.com
8 cups popped popcorn
1/4 C butter (that’s half a stick)
3 T light corn syrup (honey is a good substitute)
1/2 C sugar
1 3.5oz box jello, any flavor (not the sugar free kind)
Preheat oven to 300°F. Line a jelly roll pan with foil or parchment. If using foil, spray lightly with non-stick spray and set aside. Place popcorn in an extra large mixing bowl.
Place butter and syrup in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir until butter is melted. Add sugar and Jello and stir to combine.
Increase heat and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat so it just simmers. Continue simmering for 5 minutes.
After the sugar mixture simmers for 5 minutes, immediately pour over popcorn in bowl. Be careful, it’s super hot!! Mix right away and keep stirring so everything gets well coated. Spread mixture onto prepared pan and spread out evenly.
Pop in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and let cool to room temp. Then break into pieces and enjoy! You can certainly eat this un-baked as well and it’s just soft and gooey, but definitely bake it if you’re going to pack it up for giving, or serve it as party food so it will be light and crunchy.
If you are nice enough to want to share, put some in a treat bag, cut out a cute tag or two from Tags, Bags, Boxes and More 2 on your Cricut, and you have yourself a lovely "hello friend" gift worth sharing. 

Happy...treatings. ;)

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