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Mother Goose Popcorn

This sweet popcorn is fun to make for different holidays by changing the color. We love to make green popcorn for St. Patrick's Day! It is such a tasty snack or dessert, and is a great surprise in a school lunch too. The sugary coating is unique to any other popcorn I make, and it's addicting! I don't know how this recipe got it's name, but it's been in my family for years.


Mother Goose Popcorn

Makes 6 quarts

3/4 cup popcorn kernels or 6 quarts popped corn

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup sugar

Dash of salt

2/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon butter

5-7 drops food coloring, desired color

Pop your popcorn and place in a very large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, blend together both sugars, salt, and milk. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla, and food coloring. Stir to combine. Pour over the popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is coated. Pour out on some parchment paper to cool and dry.


Step-by-step tutorial:

Gather your ingredients. You will need unpopped popcorn kernels (or enough microwave popcorn to make 6 quarts), powdered sugar, sugar, salt, milk, butter, vanilla, and food coloring in your desired color. Today I'm making green for St. Patrick's Day!

To make 6 quarts popcorn, you need 3/4 cup unpopped kernels. In my air popper I have to pop it in two batches since I can only do 1/2 cup at a time. Put the popped corn in a large mixing bowl - it makes a lot!

In a small saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup sugar, a dash of salt, and 2/3 cup milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and desired amount of food coloring. I used about 7 drops of green to achieve the color I got.

Once it's all mixed, pour over the popcorn.

Stir with a nonstick spatula until all the popcorn is coated. It takes a few minutes of stirring, but it eventually coats it all.

Pour the popcorn out onto a piece of parchment paper and allow to cool and dry. It takes longer for it to set up and not be sticky here in the east. It gets there much faster in the west.

Once you try this unique popcorn, both in flavor and texture, you'll be hooked!

I can't think of a single leprechaun that would turn down a bowl of this green goodness!

Recipe Source: Recipe from my mom


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