This is a delicious recipe that a sister in my ward here sent to me. Her daughter made these for us (the missionaries) and they are delicious! I thought it might be a fun treat to try for the summer. Caleb and Miriam might enjoy a different way to eat their popcorn…. Love and enjoy!
They could even make some and send some to me if they wanted….. a nice birthday treat! 😉
Note: If you don’t have access to an air popper you can also cook the popcorn in a big pan with a lid. Add a tablespoon or two of oil and about 1/3 cup popcorn. Cook on medium high heat with the lid slightly cracked to let out the steam. When the popping slows to about 3 seconds per pop you know it’s done.
MICROWAVE JELLO POPCORN
- 8-12 C popcorn ( a big bowl)
- ½ C butter
- 1 small box (3 oz) Jello powder ( you can use brown sugar to make caramel corn)
- ¼ c corn syrup (could probably use honey too)
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda (optional if using Jello)
Start with a big bowl of popcorn in a microwave safe bowl. Remove ALL the old maids (un-popped kernals.)
In a medium size microwave safe bowl melt butter. Add jello powder and corn syrup. Stir and put the bowl in the microwave for one minute. Stir. Microwave another minute. Stir. Microwave another 30 seconds. Stir. Whenever the mixture is still boiling after you stir, its done. Your microwave may vary. So keep doing 30 second increments as needed.
Add baking soda and stir into mixture. It will get frothy and lighter in color. Pour this hot (be careful) mixture over your popped popcorn and stir to generally coat. It’s hot and can be a bit messy. Just try not to have any big pockets of the jello mixture. Put the whole bowl of popcorn into the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. (It’s actually easier to stir at this point and the jello coats the popcorn better.) Another 30 seconds. Stir. Another 30 seconds. Stir.
Now this is where I stop but you may have to experiment with your microwave and personal taste. At this point it’s a little sticky and you can form it into balls. The more you microwave it, the crunchier it will be, but you run the risk of burning it. When you feel you have pressed your luck far enough, let it cool and enjoy. You can spread it out on parchment or the counter if you want to separate the pieces. I usually just let it cool in the bowl.