“Game Day” Fruity Glazed Popcorn Recipe

Glazed popcorn was the first recipe I ever had published, back when I was in grade 5 (Classroom cook book)! I used to make this for bake sales in my front yard, as gifts, and whatever. I guess it was only appropriate that glazed popcorn was also the first recipe I posted on this blog, way back in September 2008!

While a single batch of this popcorn is a ton of fun – and super tasty – on its own, doubling the batch while using 2 different colors? Awesome.

For this batch, I used grape and lemon Jello flavors – to replicate “Minnesota Vikings” colors! While the lemon was vibrant enough on its own, I find that the darker colors need a little more “oomph”. I highly recommend adding a few drops of gel food coloring. To achieve this depth of color, I used a few drops of Americolor’s “Regal Purple”. Perfect!

Between the flavors / colors of Jello available, & the huge variety of gel food colors available, you can totally customize the flavors and colors to match any sports team out there.

Not so into sports? Consider using your wedding colors for bridal shower favors … or light colors for baby showers! Orange popcorn can be combined with ANY flavor – dyed black – for Halloween popcorn, and festive holiday popcorn could be made with cherry and lime Jello! The possibilities are endless!

This is an insanely easy recipe to make, and only takes about 10 minutes per flavor.

Fruity Glazed Popcorn
(Per flavor/color!)

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1 small package Jello, any flavor
10 cups popped popcorn

Melt butter and corn syrup together in a heavy pan. Add sugar and Jello, bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Let boil for 5 minutes, remove from heat.

Carefully pour Jello mixture over popcorn – mixture is HOT NASTY LAVA, so it’ll burn you if you’re not careful. Mix well.

Spread popcorn out on a greased cookie sheet, and allow to cool. (Some people like to bake this for 10 minutes at 350F… personally, I like the slight gooeyness it keeps without being baked!).

Make a second batch in another flavor/color, and also allow to cool/dry. Break popcorn up into pieces, and either serve side by side in a bowl, or mix together.

If you’re not using the popcorn right away, store it in an airtight container, or package into baggies.

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