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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jello Popcorn

This is a fun recipe to make up as treats for friends and neighbors for Christmas.
8 cups popped popcorn
1/4 C butter
3 T light corn syrup (honey is a good substitute)
1/2 C sugar
1 3.5oz box jello, any flavor (not sugar free)

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. You'll start off with a mixture that's sometimes thick and as it cooks the sugar will dissolve and it will become a little more liquid-ish.
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. (My neighbor would pour everything in a paper bag and shake it. I haven't tried it this way, so I don't know how well it works).
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 eat this un-baked as well and it's just soft and gooey, but 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.

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