Sugar Popcorn Recipe
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Sugar Popcorn

This came from The White House Cookbook. We don't follow their recipe exactly - it says to cook to hard-crack but we like the sugary-textured popcorn better. We make this up in batches of different color for different holidays - let the batches set up for a few minutes and then mix them together. People will wonder how you made popcorn in all different colors.

This is really cheap to make, makes a lot, and is kind of a fun thing to take to a holiday potluck. We add the food coloring - just a few drops - right after we take the syrup off the heat. We don't actually ever try to get real "red" - it gets too bitter with enough food coloring to do that.

Valentines - 1 batch pale pink, one batch darker pink, one batch white.

St. Patrick's Day - 1 batch green, 1 batch white

Easter - 1 batch each of white, blue, pink, green, yellow (and mix other colors - to make colors like violet and orange - to make other batches if you need that much popcorn!)

Cinco De Mayo - 1 batch green, 1 batch red, 1 batch white

4th of July - 1 batch dark pink, 1 batch blue, 1 batch white

Halloween & Thanksgiving - 1 batch orange, 1 batch white.

Christmas - 1 batch red (dark pink, actually), 1 batch green, 1 batch white.

Pop up a large bowl of popcorn - like about a dutch oven full - for each batch you are making. Transfer to another bowl with your hands, leaving the "old maids" behind. Spray a bowl or pan with non-stick coating or rub with butter. Pour in your popped corn. Sprinkle lightly with salt (optional).

In a large pan or dutch oven (teflon really helps, too), put 1 Cup sugar, 2 T butter or margarine, and 3 T water. Bring to a boil, let boil, stirring constantly, a couple of minutes. Remove from heat, add a little food coloring, stir, then immediately drizzle over popcorn, stirring the popcorn all the time. It really helps if you have someone help.

Keep stirring the popcorn until it's pretty evenly coated with the sugar. Then let it sit for a few minutes to set up. Then put it in another bowl (or a grocery sack) while you make the next color. Dump in each successive batch when it is set up. When you have done all the colors you want, shake the bag to mix all the colors. You can do this with walnuts and other nuts. Put the nuts in the syrup and stir until coated and at least partially set up and separated, rather than the drizzling part.


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