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Patriotic Popcorn

Author: Jennifer Locklin

Ingredients

  • White Popcorn:
  • 2 3.5 oz bags microwave popcorn (used: Pop Secret Homestyle)
  • 1 12 oz bag white chocolate chips (used: Nestle Tollhouse)

  • Red Popcorn:
  • 2 3.5 oz bags microwave popcorn (used: Pop Secret Homestyle)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1 stick butter divided
  • 4 tablespoons clear corn syrup divided
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt divided
  • 2 6 oz boxes Cherry Jell-O
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda divided

  • Blue Popcorn:
  • 2 3.5 oz bags microwave popcorn (used: Pop Secret Homestyle)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar divided
  • 1 stick butter divided
  • 4 tablespoons clear corn syrup divided
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt divided
  • 2 6 oz boxes Berry Blue Jell-O
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda divided
  • Additional red and blue food coloring optional

Instructions

  • For the white: Pop 2 bags of popcorn and pour into a medium bowl, shake the bowl to let the un-popped kernels fall to the bottom. Using your hands, transfer the popped popcorn to another large bowl (this will ensure that there are no hard kernels in the finished recipe).
  • In another bowl, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, stirring between heating, until melted.
  • Immediately pour over popcorn and stir to coat.
  • Turn out onto waxed paper and allow to cool completely. Break into pieces.
  • For the Red: (make in two batches) Pop 1 bag of popcorn and pour into a medium bowl, shake the bowl to let the un-popped kernels fall to the bottom. Using your hands, transfer the popped popcorn to another microwave-safe bowl.
  • In a separate microwave safe measuring cup or bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 stick butter, 2 tablespoons syrup, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 Cherry Jell-O and several drops of red food coloring (optional). Microwave on high for 1 ½ minutes; stir.
  • Microwave on high again for 1 minute more; stir.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda; stir well (will bubble up). Immediately pour this mixture over popcorn, stirring to coat evenly.
  • Microwave coated popcorn mixture for 1 minute on high; stir.
  • Microwave 1 more minute on high and stir well.
  • Turn out onto waxed paper and allow to cool completely. Break into pieces.
  • Repeat with the second batch
  • For the Blue: (make in two batches) Pop 1 bag of popcorn and pour into a medium bowl, shake the bowl to let the un-popped kernels fall to the bottom. Using your hands, transfer the popped popcorn to another microwave-safe bowl.
  • In a separate microwave safe measuring cup or bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 stick butter, 2 tablespoons syrup, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 Berry Blue Jell-O and several drops of blue food coloring (optional). Microwave on high for 1 ½ minutes; stir.
  • Microwave on high again for 1 minute more; stir.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda; stir well (will bubble up). Immediately pour this mixture over popcorn, stirring to coat evenly.
  • Microwave coated popcorn mixture for 1 minute on high; stir.
  • Microwave 1 more minute on high and stir well.
  • Turn out onto waxed paper and allow to cool completely. Break into pieces.
  • Repeat with the second batch