Bronco (or your team) Superbowl Popcorn

3This is a perfect snack for your Superbowl party, no matter what team you are supporting. You can change the colors to almost whatever you want, so you could make this for your kids’ school team or event, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas, or any event that would call for festive colors. It is pretty easy and quick to put together, and everyone will be asking, “How did you do that?”

1Even though my family is not into sports, my kids were very excited about this popcorn. They know a treat when they see one. I made it a few years ago for a Bronco Superbowl, and my kids remembered it and requested it. In their minds, Bronco Superbowl=colored candy popcorn. Now, once you see the list of ingredients, you’ll know this is not a treat to indulge in everyday, but for a once-a-year treat, it is pretty fun. The popcorn itself ends up being kind of crunchy and tastes sweet and like whatever flavor you chose. The orange made me think of a melted orange Starburst candy.   orange and blue

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Bronco (or your team) Superbowl Popcorn

The colors/flavors I chose. There are plenty of other colors from which to choose.

The colors/flavors I chose. There are plenty of other colors from which to choose.

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid drink mix in whatever color you desire
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • food coloring to intensify the color of the popcorn (optional)
  • clear treat bags and colored ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Put popped popcorn in a very large bowl. Be sure to sift out any unpopped kernels or hard pieces. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

    I used a plastic 2 cup pitcher for a rough measurement of 12 cups of popcorn.

    I used a plastic 2 cup pitcher for a rough measurement of 12 cups of popcorn.

  2. Divide butter into a few pieces and put into a medium-large pot over medium-low heat. Add corn syrup and sugar and stir until it is blended and the butter is melted.
  3. Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 3 minutes.bubbling
  4. Remove pot from heat and stir in Kool-Aid and baking soda. Add food coloring if desired for a stronger color. Mix well and then immediately pour over the popcorn and stir until coated. (I made two batches to get the two different colors.)
  5. Spread colored popcorn onto a large baking sheet and cook for 40 minutes, taking out and stirring every 10 minutes.
  6. Cool completely and then break into chunks.
  7. Serve in a bowl or package up in small treat bags tied with coordinating ribbon.61Source: Our Best Bites
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