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In our house, the 4th of July and candied popcorn go hand in hand. There is nothing like eating crunchy, fun popcorn at a BBQ or while watching a parade. It is one of my family’s favorite treats and making it is actually really easy to make at home. All you need it some plain popcorn, some powdered Kool-Aid Fruit Drink packets and a little sugar and corn syrup. This popcorn recipe mixes up in less than an hour, requires minimal baking skills and it goes perfectly with Kool-Aid’s new 96 oz Ready-To-Drink bottles.
You will need:
- 10 cups of plain popcorn (a little less than 1/2 cup unpopped)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 package of Kool-Aid (For red, you need Cherry and for blue you need Mixed Berry)
- cooking spray
Spray a large bowl with cooking spray and then measure out 10 cups of popped popcorn into it. Set aside. Mix the corn syrup, sugar and Kool-Aid powder in a sauce pan until smooth. Bring to a boil and then stir constantly over medium heat for five minutes.
Remove the mixture from heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Stir the baking soda in until the mixture expands.
Add the mixture to the popcorn and stir quickly to cover the popcorn. The mixture tends to settle at the bottom of the bowl, so make sure you stir from the bottom to avoid large pools. Add the popcorn to a glass baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 225 to help dry out the popcorn. Remove from the baking dish immediately and place on parchment paper to cool.
Tips for making the popcorn:
- The baking soda lightens the color of whatever Kool-Aid package you use, so you need something darker to start with. Watermelon or Strawberry Kool-Aid will give you pink popcorn, not red, but they are really delicious.
- Clean your pots and bowls immediately after use, or at least soak them in hot water immediately.
- If you end up with mixture stuck in your sauce pan, fill with water and boil on the stove until the mixture dissolves.
- For white popcorn, don’t add the Kool-Aid to the mixture.
- Use a sturdy spoon or spatula.
This 4th of July, Kool-Aid is celebrating their new 96 oz Ready-To-Drink bottles which are perfect for bringing to your celebration, no preparation needed. Find the bottles near the fruit juices in your local Walmart. If you live in South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama or Tennessee, you could have the chance to meet professional fisherman Jim Dillard as he comes to your local Walmart to promote the new Kool-Aid bottles with giveaways, t-shirts and activities! Look for your store below:
I am going to send my nephews, who live in South Carolina to their local Walmart to join in the fun this summer. How are you going to #KoolOff with Kool-Aid this 4th of July?
Kung Phoo says
That would make some fun popcorn.. can do allot with Kool Aid.
Masshole Mommy says
I had no idea you could do that with popcorn! What a neat idea.
Paula Parker says
That's a fun, festive treat. I think this certainly would be tasty!
Angelic Sinova says
What a festival idea! Thanks so much for sharing, I'm definitely going to try this for our fourth of July party!
Making popcorn different colors for some reason makes it so much more delicious.
Stacey Werner says
How cute! I especially like the red, white and blue idea for the patriotic holidays!
Terri | Sugar Free Glow says
How crazy that you broke your spatula stirring it!! I'm a health coach so I'll refrain from commenting on the treat (ha!) but it does look like a festive way to celebrate the 4th.
Melanie @ bear rabbit bear says
How festive! Perfect for a 4th of July celebration!
Love that you can mix up the flavors. I have a funny feeling my husband would eat it all before the kids had a chance.
Janelle Shank says
so cute! would be great fun for kids and adults alike. i grew up with kook-aid so this would bring back memories!
Jen Temcio says
Kool Aid is such a child hood memory for me. I cant wait to share this activity and treat with my son.
Sandra Shaffer says
How cool is this! Love how you can create a theme by using colors to match your event! Everyone loves popcorn!
Mistee Dawn says
Cool! That looks yummy and very festive. What a cool idea.
Felicia Franceschelli says
I love the red, white and blue colors! How creative. I bet kids would love these 🙂
Stephen Schreck says
The colors turned out so vibrant and nice. That's a fun way to use Kool-Aid.
Payal Bansal says
Kids does get bore eating white popcorns !! Its time for some colorful popcorn surprise… Thanks for sharing
I didn't know that you can use Kool Aid as a coloring. This is a neat idea and very patriotic.
Jenna Wood says
We make similar popcorn all the time for our movie nights. I love how you layered the red white and blue in the casserole dish! #Client