I hope you enjoy this blast from the past recipe. I’m sure I ate it growing up, as JELL-O was quite the deal back then. I just don’t remember doing so. It was just a couple of years ago that I re-discovered this recipe. When I made it, I was doing it for the plethora of color options. I was totally unaware that it would taste so outstandingly good. I think my favorite flavor is lime, but lemon follows a close second. You have to be careful. It is quite addicting. As it is so addicting, I only make it for parties or other large gatherings. This way I have to share it even though I may not want to do it.
Besides tasting really good, it’s fun to make it in different colors. Be sure to read below for various flavor and color options.
8 cups popped popcorn
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 ounce package gelatin, your favorite flavor or color
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch pan with aluminum foil. Place popcorn in large bowl. Heat butter and syrup in small saucepan over low heat. Stir in sugar and gelatin; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 5 min. Pour syrup immediately over popcorn, tossing to coat well. Spread evenly. Bake in preheated 300 degrees F oven for 10 min. Cool. Remove from pan and break into small pieces.
Notes in the Margin:
Although we think of popcorn as being white, if there’s any butter at all in the popcorn you use it will have a yellow tinge. Also, some colors may not be as strong as you desire. That really doesn’t matter as people will be impressed anyway.
U.S. Patriotic Popcorn
Triple the above recipe using only 2 different flavors, such as Red and Blue. Layer them in a trifle bowl with plain popcorn in between. If necessary, serve any leftover popcorn at another time.
Yes, purchase any flavor in the colors of green and red. Layer it in a trifle bowl.
Super Bowl Popcorn
Buy your favorite team colors in Jell-O to make glazed popcorn. If you have fans from both teams make a big popcorn bowl for each side.
Let the Good Times Roll for Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras colors are gold, purple and green. I used lemon gelatin for the gold.
St. Patrick’s Day
Green alone will work for St. Patrick’s Day. This is where I get to eat my favorite lime-flavored popcorn.
School Bake Sales
Color the popcorn in the school’s colors. Sell individual servings of popcorn in resealable plastic bags.