Note: It is best to not attempt this when it is humid area as the popcorn glaze will start to melt together.
Takes me back to childhood…a crispy dry popcorn that you usually find on boardwalks and at fairs….road trips, extra fun at parties, for kids and adults, alike and lazy days & gift giving!! Even better, popcorn is a known mood enhancer.
FRUIT FLAVORED GLAZED POPCORN – a good salty, sweet combination.
- 10 cups popped popcorn (Some use 12 cups of popcorn to cut down on the sweetness.) It is fine to use an air popper which saves having to buy oil to make it.
- 1 STICK butter (1/2 cup)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 (3 ounce) package fruit flavored Jell-O® mix (Do not use sugar-free jello – it doesn’t work.)
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup (Some recipes use more, even up to 1/4 cup, instead of the water which is below)
- 3 tablespoons water
- Few drops of food coloring to make sure the candy coating had a bold color (optional).
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F*
- Grease a 1/4 sheet pan or two 8×12 inch baking dishes. Generously butter a heavy 2 quart saucepan.
- Distribute popcorn evenly in prepared baking pans. Place in oven to keep warm.
- In prepared saucepan over medium heat melt butter. Stir in corn syrup until smooth. Mix in sugar, Jello, corn syrup and water and water if desired. Heat to 250 to 265 degrees F (121 to 129 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a rigid ball. (Others say instead of using a thermometer just let the mixture come to a boil and then boil for 4-5 minutes STIRRING OFTEN!
- Turn off the heat add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Turn popcorn out onto a roaster or a cookie sheet lined with a large piece of foil. (The roaster allows you to stir it without making a mess.)
- Pour candy coating mixture evenly over popcorn and using a wooden spoon stir until evenly coated. Bake in a 250F oven for 30 minutes. Cooking a few minutes longer will dry it out even more. (Remember that ovens heat differently. 10 min may be little long in ones oven, but not enough in another…so you will need to figure what is best for your oven and your taste.)
- Return popcorn to oven and bake 5 minutes*; stir, then bake 5 minutes more.
- Remove from the oven and immediately break the popcorn into clusters. The candy will harden as it cools. It needs a few minutes to cool off! Store in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place.
MORE FLAVOR IDEAS, THOUGHTS AND SUGGESTIONS
- Island pineapple Jello (add a tsp of coconut flavoring to make it pina colada)
- Strawberry (add a tsp of strawberry flavoring)
- Raspberry (add a tsp of raspberry flavoring)
- OSU orange throw in about 1/3 of a bag of vanilla baking chips with orange jello and enjoy the big chunks of this great tasting orange popcorn. (Could probably substitute strawberry for OU) For OU color google these words : OU red out of food coloring
- Strawberry jello for the glaze (& add a spoon full of milk chocolate chips to each serving after it cooled.)
- Grape- looked gray and didn’t have a real grape taste. Thinking maybe could try adding a few drops of purple food coloring so it does not turn grey.
- 4th of July.…cherry and berry blue. (The blue looked more like teal on the popcorn, though…just in case you plan on using blue).
- Christmas – strawberry and lime, and mix together-the red and green popcorn will be a hit at Christmas parties!
- Try batches of different flavors of jello, mixed all together such as green apple, watermelon, berry blue, cran-raspberry, cherry, raspberry, berry, pineapple, peach, orange and pina colada. Berry Fusion is blackberry and raspberry flavored), berry blue.
Reported in 2010: Flavored popcorn from a little shop that’s about 2 hours away from us is $6.99 for a little bag! It’s very expensive, but delicious however I’ll never buy it there again because this recipe tastes amazing!! My brother & husband think this is even better than the store’s! Everyone that has tried it LOVES it!! 🙂 Very fun and yummy treat!
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