Friday, November 11, 2011

How To Make Colored Popcorn

My children love popcorn!  This simple recipe that my Grandmother gave me years ago is a fun way to spruce up the humble snack.  You can make any color you want and combine them to make "team" colors for tailgating or bowl games.  Mix and match!

I like to send this treat on days my children are the snack person at school or church.   It's also a fun way to incorporate Veteran's Day or other patriotic celebrations.  I usually add plain white popcorn to take away some of the sweetness and add contrast, but that is a personal preference.

Here is how we made our syrup for the corn:

In a sauce pan over medium heat mix and bring the following to a boil for at least 3 minutes:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • food coloring (optional)

While the syrup is boiling, pop 4 quarts of popcorn.  Remove the old maids...

In a large bowl or pan, pour the hot syrup over the popcorn.  Stir to coat.

I like to pour out the popcorn onto wax paper or cookie sheets to dry for about an hour.  I find it's easier to store and bag the treats if they are dry.

Finally, ENJOY!

What colors will you make?


Anonymous said...

Cool I will make pink and black

Plain Graces said...

That sounds great! Cool color combo.

Anonymous said...

Do you know how to make different flavored popcorn such as banana, strawberry, watermelon etc.,? Any ideas you can share would be greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Am going to try black red and yellow for my sons Mickey mouse party!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!! I cant wait to try it!!

Anonymous said...

Just what I was looking for. Will try different colours.

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Laura said...

Super easy! Couple of notes: if you are looking for intense color (American flag red for instance), the coloring will be more like 1 Tbsp of color, rather than drops. Also, if you are going for color effect, work the syrup into the popcorn in small batches, and for 4 quarts of popcorn I made more like 3 to 4 recipes of the syrup, b/c I wanted more red, less white patches.

Plain Graces said...

That sounds great! I bet the popcorn looked beautiful. Thank you for giving a few tips. I appreciate it.

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Anonymous said...

Wow awesome idea just what I needed for my child's movie night...thanks

Anonymous said...

So will it be sweet popcorn??

Anonymous said...

How do I measure 4 quarts of popped popcorn?

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness. Just made this and it was super easy and my kids
are going to love it.
Plan to make many times over..

Plain Graces said...

Glad you enjoyed it! My children enjoy this treat and it's easy to use for a lot of events. Thanks for stopping by!

Plain Graces said...

This popcorn is a little sweet and it reminds me of an old fashioned popcorn ball my Grandmother makes. To measure, I use cups and convert them to cups. I think it is about 16 cups... Might need to check the math books though...

Anonymous said...

We will use this great tips for favors at a Wizard of Oz theme pageant... I bet the girls and their families will enjoy the treats... We are thinking in the colors of the rainbow...
Thank you

Plain Graces said...

I love the Wizard of Oz idea! This treat is so versatile- I hope the party was a hit. It sounds like a great theme!

Anonymous said...

Pink blue and green!

Plain Graces said...

Sounds fun! Best of luck!

Yanina said...

Does anyone know how long this last?

Plain Graces said...

Yanina- I would say if you store it in an airtight container it will be good for several days. The sugar coats it, similar to caramel corn. I would avoid moisture and humidity.

regina williams said...

Has anyone attempted no sugar?

Plain Graces said...

I haven't personally tried it with no sugar, but I wonder if the Truvia substitute would work. It might be worth a try!

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