Granny aka Sugar aka Mother Goose Popcorn is an easy no-fail popcorn that is so fun and versatile. The ‘regular’ color is pink, but it lends itself easily to being any color your desire.
Make it up and color it Orange or Purple or half the recipe and make both! Toss in some colored candied Sixlets for a special treat!
Halloween Colored Sugar Corn
5 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tsp. salt
12 oz. (1 can) evaporated milk
4 drops food coloring: HERE is a set of colors to check out
32 cups popped popcorn, place into a large bowl discarding any corn that didn’t pop
A GOOD candy thermometer. Click HERE to see this one
Sixlet candies, CLICK HERE for a Halloween mix
In a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, vanilla, salt, vanilla, evaporated milk and food coloring.
Attach candy thermometer to the side of the pan. This is important and be sure it is working properly – buy a new one if you have a question. Be sure the end of the candy thermometer, the bulb does NOT touch the bottom of the pan, yet in the mixture. STIRRING CONSTANTLY cook over medium-high heat until mixture boils. When it comes to a boil turn down to medium; continue stirring until the thermometer reaches 235 degrees.Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and toss gently till completely coated.
Stir gently, turning from the bottom bringing the candy mixture up to the top.
In the beginning the candy coating on the popcorn will be shiny.
Continue to stir gently; pulling from the bottom to the top and in about 2-3 minutes –
POOF and MAGIC happens!
The candy coating sugars and becomes that wonderful throw-back candy we can still enjoy today.
Recipe by Carrie Groneman, adapted from Melinda Forbush’s recipe.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013
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