Decorations you can eat, that are aesthetically pleasing with no clean up — what makes more sense than that? This year I decided to give coloured popcorn a go. I put some in a simple white dish as a colourful table centerpiece, but also used it to fill up mini Easter baskets for gifts.

Popcorn

Recipe: Colourful Easter Popcorn
Makes about 8 cups

Ingredients
½ cup popcorn kernels
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp butter
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
few drops food colouring

Popcorn_Kernels

Pop a ½ cup of kernels, you’ll get about 8-9 cups of popcorn.

Popcorn_Popped

Once the corn has popped, put it into a deep bowl. You want enough room to give it a good stir or toss once the coating goes on.

Popcorn_Sugar_Butter

In a small pot, combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tbsp butter and a ½ teaspoon salt with 1/3 cup water. Bring to a boil and make sure all the sugar has dissolved.

Popcorn_Colouring

Take the mixture off the heat and add a few drops of food colouring (I used gel colours). Combine well, and drizzle the mixture on the popcorn while you stir. Keep stirring to coat all the popcorn but also to make sure none of the liquid hits like a tidal wave in just one spot, which would make your popcorn soggy.

Popcorn_Tray

You’ll want to stir until the popcorn is evenly coated and then spread it onto a baking sheet. I have tried several versions of this recipe and each time found that I needed to dry out the popcorn in the oven a bit — which is easy, of course, but just be ready to hold off pigging out (or delicately eating one kernel at a time) for a little while longer.

Popcorn_Oven

With the oven at its lowest temperature (or in “warming” mode — I had mine at 180°F), leave the popcorn inside for about 30-40 minutes or until just lightly tacky. Remove and allow to cool. Now pig out! You can store the popcorn in a sealed container but I find it is best eaten within the first couple days of making. Happy Easter, everyone. Remember to save the chocolate bunny’s ears for yourself. The best part!

Popcorn_Tupperware

Recipe: Colourful Easter Popcorn
Makes about 8 cups

Ingredients
½ cup popcorn kernels
½ cup sugar
1 tbsp butter
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
few drops food colouring

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°F.
  2. Pop your kernels to make about 8-12 cups plain popcorn and set aside in a large bowl-you want enough room to mix the popcorn and glaze well.
  3. In a small pan bring the sugar, butter, salt and water to a boil and make sure all the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Remove the liquid from the heat and add a few drops food colouring. Stir the mixture well until the colour is even and now drizzle onto the popcorn, stirring the popcorn so that the liquid is not hitting only in one spot.
  5. Keep mixing the popcorn until the fully and evenly coated and the glaze has cooled.
  6. Spread onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and dry in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until popcorn is just slightly tacky.
  7. Cool on the cookie sheet and store in an airtight container if not eating immediately.

 

Sue_RiedlSue Riedl is a Toronto-based food writer with a passion for cheese who writes a column called The Spread for The Globe and Mail. She loves to push stinky cheese on her 4-year-old.

 

 

 

 

 

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