(all ingredients divided)
24 cups popped popcorn
1 1/2 cups peanuts (optional)
3/4 cup butter
9 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar or white granulated sugar
6 packages Jello gelatin powder assorted flavours (you will used half of the package for each colour approximately 2 1/2 tablespoons)
Heat your oven to 300F and grease a large baking dish or cookie sheet (or cover it with parchment paper) It is much easier to clean up if you use parchment paper.
For each colour of popcorn do the following:
Put 4 cups of popcorn in a bowl and add 1/4 of nuts (optional).
Over low heat in a small or medium sized saucepan combine 2 tablespoons of butter with 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn syrup over low heat. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and half a package of jello powder.
Continue to heat and stir until the mixture starts to simmer, allow to simmer for approximately 5 minutes (watch the bottom of the pot for browning).
I may try this step in the microwave the next time as I think it may keep it from browning.
Pour the syrup immediately over the popcorn tossing to coat well and then spread the popcorn on/in the prepared pan or cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes, stirring popcorn a couple of times during baking.
Turn the popcorn out onto a piece of parchment and spread it out slightly. Allow to cool completely and break any clumps apart.
Continue this way with all colours. Store the popcorn in a large zip lock bag or plastic container with a lid.
Make sure you put the saucepan you used to heat the sugar/jello into a sink full of soapy water immediately after using it and it will be easier to clean up.
When I make this again I will use parchment paper in the bottom of the pan used for baking the popcorn, this way you don’t need to transfer it onto something else to allow it to cool.
Conceivably you could even slide the parchment out of the pan with the popcorn on it and you could re-use the pan for another colour of popcorn.
The original recipe calls for the use of one whole package of jello for 8 cups of popcorn, 1 cup peanuts, 1/4 cup butter, 3 tbsp syrup, 1/2 cup sugar. If you don’t want to be left with half packages of jello you can use this recipe but you will end up with 48 cups of popcorn (That’s a lot of popcorn!).
I just packaged up my half packs of Jello and will use them to make more popcorn some other day.
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