Sweet n Sour Candy Popcorn
Like me, are you in love with love? If so, make the LOVE of your life some of my best Sweet n Sour Candy Popcorn. You’ll find it to be completely irresistible, crunchy, munchy, and sour. Pack it in decorative box or jar with a pretty papered and ribboned lid for a sensational gift any lucky Valentine will adore!
Sweet n Sour Candy Popcorn
I’ve had lots of amazing popcorn in my lifetime, but this one is so blasted good, I have to share it with you. It’s so fruity and flavorful, and Jolly Rancher Gelatin Mix makes all the difference. The watermelon flavor is insane delish, and the blue raspberry is a close second for me. They also make green apple and cherry flavors I’ve got to try. I found mine at a local grocery store, (Walmart 52 cents a box, also some Albertsons carry it), but added a link for those of you who may have a hard time finding it in your area. I also used gel food coloring, (and I highly recommend this brand), to intensify the color.
FYI: I used 2 packages of watermelon and 2 packages of blue raspberry. I added red gel coloring to one of the watermelon for the bright red popcorn, bright pink to one watermelon for the lighter pink, and red gel coloring to 1 box of the blue raspberry for the darker red color. Lastly, I added the bright pink coloring to 1 batch of blue raspberry to make the softer lavender popcorn. I mixed it all together and it was so bright and pretty.
Special thanks to my sister, Kim, for sharing her favorite recipe with me. Like she told me, there’s a bold, tangy taste, like the Jolly Rancher Candies and it makes amazing popcorn. You can use any brand or flavor of gelatin, sky’s the limit. Prepare your pan, preheat the oven, pop your corn, and have everything ready because the candy hardens up super fast. Pour the syrup evenly over the popped corn and then stir it well and fast.
Start by preheating the oven to 300 degrees. Line a half sheet pan with a parchment sheet and set aside. Pop popcorn into a large mixing bowl and make sure you’ve removed any kernels that didn’t pop. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, add butter and corn syrup, and stir till melted. Add sugar and gelatin and stir to mix well.
Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat it slow simmers. Simmer for 5 minutes and then remove from heat and pour over popcorn. Use extra care not to burn yourself. Stir the candy and popcorn together until it’s well coated. Spread mixture onto prepared pan and spread out evenly. Place it in the hot oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool. Break into pieces and enjoy.
Mix it up all together and then carefully add it to boxes, jars, or cellophane bags.
- 8 cups popped popcorn
- ¼ cup butter
- 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 (3.5-ounce) box of flavored gelatin, (I used Jolly Rancher)
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Pop popcorn and add to a large mixing bowl. Remove any kernels that didn't pop.
- In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter, add corn syrup, sugar and gelatin. Stir well to combine and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and pour evenly over popcorn. Mix well to coat well.
- Pour popcorn onto prepared baking sheet and spread out evenly. Place in oven. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool to room. Break into pieces and enjoy!
To decorate the jars, select 3 compatible craft or scrapbook papers. Cut 2-1/2″ wide strips of paper and fold them accordion style. Spread them into fans and glue 2 together.
We used a heart and flower punch for the center papers and decked them out with pearls and jewels. Add pretty ribbons and tie gift tags to them. For the whole project we used a glue gun. Have fun, and I’d suggest you color coordinate your papers with the colorful Sweet n Sour Candy Popcorn you create.
Do you make homemade Valentine’s and treats? Do share in the comments below, cause we’d enjoy a little peek into your special day. Thanks for reading!