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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Our Popcorn Tradition Continues

We have a special family tradition in our home that on the first Sunday of every month we make popcorn. It’s usually a special popcorn like caramel corn, or glazed popcorn, Ranch seasoned, or marshmallow popcorn. We let our imaginations and cravings decide!

I got this recipe from Danny’s sister Liz for Jello popcorn balls. (Liz will be turning 19 on Wednesday. Stop over to her blog and say "Happy Birthday!")

We used raspberry Jello today and it was a beautiful deep magenta! It had a very light raspberry taste to it.

15 cups air-popped popcorn (I used 18 cups)
1 - 6 oz. package of Jello any flavor
1 cube margarine or butter
¼ c. corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda

After popping popcorn and removing and unpopped kernels, place popcorn in brown grocery-size bag.

In a saucepan on stove, whisk together margarine, corn syrup, and Jello until Jello is dissolved. Remove from heat and mix in 1 tsp. baking soda.

Pour over popcorn in brown bag. Fold down top of bag and shake!

With top folded down, cook in microwave for 1 minute.

Remove from microwave and shake bag.

Flip bag over and back into microwave for 30 seconds more.

Remove from microwave and shake bag again.

Return bag to microwave flipped to the other side for another 30 seconds.

Shake bag well, and then dump contents onto a sheet of wax paper to cool.

When cool enough to handle, shape into popcorn balls if you like or inhale like we did!

Here is a link for a similar recipe that sounds like it could be even yummier. Wouldn’t these be fun for the kids in red for Valentine’s Day or green for St. Patrick’s Day? (As I pretend it’s all about the kids and I’m not salivating typing this up!)

6 comments:

Kristi said...

Thanks for the recipe- those sound yummy! I love the idea of doing green ones for St. Patty's Day!

Kristi said...

Oops! I forgot to add, I love your bread kit idea- could I get the recipe??

Nikki said...

Kristi-
Thanks for visiting my site. Here is a link for the bread kits post with my Mom's Whole Wheat Bread recipe.
Bread Kit recipe

Nikki

P.S. I only ended up doing 15 bread kits because I couldn't find anymore containers. But 15 was a bit tricky to fit in the freezer. Maybe I'll move them to the garage for the Winter.

Kristi said...

Thanks so much for the recipe!!

Just curious- why not red wheat? Because, of course, that would be the kind of wheat I have in my food storage.

Nikki said...

Kristi-

I personally don't like the taste of red wheat. It's too strong for me. I too had only red wheat in my storage for a long time. I don't mind it in muffins though. My mom has a fantastic healthy muffin mix which I use red wheat in. Red wheat will work. But if you're not used to whole wheat bread or whole wheat bread made with red wheat, your taste-buds will have to acclimatize.

Nikki

momof9 said...

I didn't know you had this fun popcorn tradition! What a great, simple idea.

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