Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jello Popcorn - A Must For Friday Night Movies

I think I've mentioned this before, but in case I haven't, Friday nights are movie nights at my house. Let be be a little more specific.... it's movie night for the whole family, which means we watch a movie centered around a 4 year old girl's interests... stuff like "Barbie Mermaid 2" or to change things up a little, "Mr. Popper's Penguins" ...a grown up human being can only stand so much of Barbies, Pony's, and Unicorns... know what I'm saying?
However, one thing we eat whether we're watching Barbies or Penguins is Jello Popcorn. My girls LOVE this stuff, and they have fun picking the flavors.... We love Raspberry and Black Cherry flavors, but I'm warning you... don't make Lime Jello Popcorn, it's not the best flavor! Yes, I am speaking from experience...
Not only do we have Jello Popcorn on movie nights, but it's a fun treat for Girls' Night Out, birthday parties, and even just for an every day pick me up. Yes, I've made Jello Popcorn for all of those occasions. :)

I first came across Jello Popcorn while weeding through my books prior to moving to Oregon. When I say "weeding", I mean looking through every recipe in every cookbook I own. I made the recipe, and it was so good!!!! And you would think that since I made Jello Popcorn that I would have kept the cookbook. Nope. Can't find the darn book anywhere! 
Thankfully, Google saved me! I just typed in "Jello Popcorn" and I came across a recipe on Kraft's website that I now use... well, I changed it slightly. Whew! Seriously, what would I do without Google? But I think the real question here is, "What would I do without Jello Popcorn?" Ha!

Jello Popcorn

1 bag popped popcorn - kernels weeded out. 
1/4 c. margarine or butter 
3 TBSP light corn syrup
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar or white granulated sugar
1 pkg (4 oz.) of any flavor of Jello (or gelatin... it doesn't have to be the Jello brand...)

1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. 
2. Lightly spray a large baking pan with cooking spray. I usually use a 13x9 inch pan.
3. Place your popcorn inside the sprayed baking dish.
4. In a small saucepan, cook the butter and corn syrup on low heat until the butter is completely melted. Add the sugar and gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Bring the gelatin mixture to a boil over medium heat. Once it has started to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. 
5. Pour immediately over the popcorn and coat the popcorn well. As the gelatin mixture cools, it'll start to get a little stiff, but don't worry if you don't coat every single piece of popcorn. Trust me.
6. Place in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, stirring the popcorn every 10 minutes or so. Since the gelatin is being heated up, it'll be easier to coat the popcorn, which is why you want to stir it a couple of times. 
7. Once it's been baked, remove the popcorn from the pan and place it on top of a large piece of wax paper to cool. 

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