As a kid, my mom was really good about making sure there was a snack ready for us when we came home from school. Of course (from what I can remember anyway) they were mainly homemade. Now that I have a child in school, I appreciate just how hard it is to have a snack ready daily, let alone have it be homemade. This was one of my favorite after school snacks. I remember my favorite flavor being lime, or maybe thats just what my mom made, I don't know.
- 10 cups popped popcorn
- 1 cup butter or margarine
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 (3 ounce) pkg desired-flavor gelatin
- 3 Tbsp water
- 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
Butter the bottom and sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In the pan combine butter or margarine, sugar, gelatin, water, and corn syrup. Cook mixture over medium heat till boiling, stirring constantly. Clip a candy thermometer to the side fo the pan. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring constantly, till the thermometer registers 255° (hard-ball stage). Pour syrup mixture over popcorn and stir gently to coat popcorn.
Bake in a 300° oven for 5 minutes. Stir once and bake for 5 minutes more. Remove from oven. Turn popcorn mixture onto a large piece of foil. Cool completely. Break popcorn mixture into clusters. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
Makes 13 (3/4 cup each ) servings