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Patriotic Red, White and Blue Popcorn In Printable Cone Wrap

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Patriotic Popcorn

Your friends and family are going to LOVE this Patriotic Red, White and Blue Popcorn In Printable Cone Wrap!

I found these adorable 4th of July cone covers designed by Heather of ChickaBug Blog and just had to make something to go in her very cool printable.   

After searching around for ideas, I set to work making some Red and Blue Popcorn which I made by coating popcorn in a bit of white chocolate and dry cake mix.     Yes, I wrote cake mix, and it turned out really, really good.  I hope you’ll give it a try this 4th of July!

 




Patriotic Red, White and Blue Popcorn In Printable Cone Wrap

Ingredients for the Patriotic Treat:

Sugar Cones

Printable, (link in description and below in directions)

Glue Dots

Popcorn, popped, 4-6 cups depending on your taste, per color

1 Tbl. shortening, I used butter shortening, per color

1  cup white chocolate buttons, per color

1/2 cup cake mix, per color (I found these small bags of bright colored cake mix)  

Patriotic Popcorn


Directions:

Pop the popcorn and have 4 cups ready in a bowl, with extra in reserve.

Spread waxed paper out for popcorn to set up on.

Print the awesome cone printable by clicking HERE which will take you to ChickaBug’s site. Thank you so much Heather for sharing with us at AMS!Patriotic Popcorn Cut out the cone cover. 

The printable has a ‘fold here’ line, but I wanted the cover to the top of the cone, and the fold lines did not show, so it was good either way you choose to do it.Patriotic Popcorn Wrap the wrapper around the cone Patriotic Popcorn And secure with glue dotsPatriotic Popcorn  


Remember to have your popcorn popped and ready.

Now to make the homemade yummy PATRIOTIC RED, WHITE AND BLUE POPCORN

Pour chocolate wafers into a microwavable bowl; microwave for 20 seconds, stir.Patriotic Popcorn Microwave another 10 seconds and stir. 

Continue this process…Patriotic Popcorn Until it is smooth and completely melted. Patriotic Popcorn Add in the shortening and stir until melted well. 

Melt in microwave a few seconds if necessary. Patriotic Popcorn Now trust me on this, add in 1/2 cup of DRY cake mix and stir well.Patriotic Popcorn


Pour onto popped popcorn and stir; adding in more popped popcorn if needed.  Patriotic Popcorn When it is well combined spread out on waxed paper to set up. Patriotic Popcorn


Repeat the process for another colorPatriotic Popcorn Add in the shortening  Patriotic Popcorn Stir until melted Patriotic Popcorn Add in the other color of cake mix and stir wellPatriotic Popcorn


Allow the other color to dry on waxed paper also.

Now you have a wonderful treat to serve in these very clever cone covers.  Patriotic Popcorn

Thanks again Heather at ChickaBugBlog for sharing your printable with us.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Green popcorn that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This type is known as Mother Goose or Granny Corn or even Sugar Corn. It's unique and perfect for St. Patrick's!

St. Patrick's Green Pop Corn

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Green St Patty's popcorn treat

Granny Green St. Patricks PopCorn


St. Patrick’s Green Pop Corn is a fast, YUMMY green treat for friends or family that will make this holiday extra special. 
 Celebrate with this quick favorite St. Patrick’s Green Pop Corn also known as Granny Corn or Mother Goose Popcorn  
This scrumptious candy will bring back cherished memories of this old fashioned treat, or make new ones.  Every St. Patty’s Leprechaun will consider it a treasure, but one to share:) 




St. Patrick’s Green Granny, Sugar or Mother Goose Pop Corn

Ingredients:

5 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 ½ tsp. salt
12 oz. (1 can) evaporated milk
4 drops green food coloring

32 cups popped popcorn, place into a large bowl discarding any kernels that did not popPop corn




Directions:

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; meaning the bulb does NOT touch the bottom of the pan, but that the bulb is completely down inside the mixture.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 1
 
STIRRING CONSTANTLY cook over medium-high heat until the mixture boils. 
When the candy comes to a boil, turn it down to medium; and continue stirring until the thermometer reaches 235 degrees.
Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and toss lightly until it is completely coated.
Now, stir gently, bringing the candy mixture from the bottom up to the top of the popcorn on the top, completely coat all the popcorn.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 2In the beginning the candy coating on the popcorn will be shiny like this.St. Patrick's Pop Corn 3Continue to stir gently; pulling from the bottom to the top and in about 2-3 minutes – POOF and MAGIC happens!
The candy coating sugars to look like this and becomes that wonderful throw-back candy we can still  enjoy today.

St. Patrick's Green Granny Pop Corn

Green Mother Goose Pop Corn or Granny Corn


Adapted by Carrie Groneman from Melinda Forbushs recipe.
Green popcorn that is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. This type is known as Mother Goose or Granny Corn or even Sugar Corn. It's unique and perfect for St. Patrick's!

St. Patrick’s Green Mother Goose, Sugar or Granny Pop Corn


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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with MandM’s

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popcorn with Pink and Red MandM Candy Snack Mix

oohhh, here’s a great recipe for you!  It’s Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M’s candy.

Do you like popcorn like I do to snack on? 

Then you’re with me looking for creative and delicious ways to eat it.  With Valentines it gave me the perfect opportunity to show off some creativity —and colors of the season.

It also meant it had to be easy.

Begin with popcorn. Then after a quick coating of white chocolate, you toss in some Valentine M&M’s, which basically yells to all your friends and family that you gift this to, how especially sweet they are.  

This Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M candy comes together so fast for a snack, a gift – really any reason is perfect for this delectable treat.  Try it and see it if its not slightly addicting for you too:) 

 

Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M’s

Ingredients:

1 cup popped popcorn, white variety if possible

12-16 oz white chocolate buttons or chocolate chips

1/2 – 1 package of Valentine M&M candy

 

Directions:

Pop the popcorn in an air popper if using, or the microwave or set aside if already popped.  Do not add in extra butter.

Spread a long piece of about 2-3 feet of parchment or waxed paper on your table or counter.

Next, in a microwavable bowl, place the white chocolate.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack MixHeat the chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds; stir.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Continue this process PRed Cany Snack Mix

White chocolate melting about half way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until the chocolate is smooth and the temperature a little more than that of a baby bath.

It is important to warm the chocolate slowly so it does not burn.White chocolate melted all the way

White Covered Popcorn with PinCandy Snack Mix

Pour the smooth and melted chocolate over HALF of the popped popcorn and stir gently.

ADD in popcorn to your liking.  Some people like more chocolate on their popcorn than others.  I used about 3/4 of the popcorn when I made it. A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Stir the popcorn gently until it is all evenly coated.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Spread on the parchment or waxed paper.

Allow to set up until the chocolate is set.

***NOTE:  I like to LIGHTLY sprinkle a VERY LITTLE salt when I first spread out the popcorn to set up.  This is a personal choice and USE CAUTION not to use too much, and this is NOT necessary, but does give a bit of balance to the sweet.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

 

Breaking up the set up chocolate covered popcorn, put it into a bowl and add in the Valentine M&M’s.  Serve.

OR keep in an air-tight container and use within 2-3 days for best results.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popc

 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popcorn with Pink and Red MandM Candy Snack Mix

 

Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

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Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Are you looking for an impressive treat, that is fast, easy and no-fail?  Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn is what you are looking for.

I have the simple tutorial right here for you so you can make it for your party, movie night or whatever the occasion. AND, you can change it up for any holiday by using a different colored chocolate! 

It’s delicious and so festive, this Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn makes a great gift or treat for anyone. 

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Ingredients:
10-14 cups of popped popcorn, depending on your taste 
12 oz package of Wilton Light Green Chocolate Melts
12 oz package of Wilton Orange Chocolate Melts

Directions:

Spread out about 3 feet of parchment paper on the table or counter.

Pop the popcorn and remove all the un-popped kernels as best you can.

In a microwaveable bowl, pour in the green chocolate button melts.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Cook in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir. 

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Continue this until the chocolate is melted completely and warmed through.  

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Be careful not to warm it too fast, or it will burn.  

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Pour the warm chocolate over the popped popcorn.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Stir gently until well coated.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Spread the coated popcorn onto the parchment so it is single layer thick.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Now, warm 1/2 – the entire bag of the orange chocolate button melts in a microwave-safe bowl; depending on how much you want to use.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Repeat the process for the orange chocolate as you did the green – using the same care not to burn.
Drizzle, with a spoon, the melted orange chocolate, over the top of the green coated popcorn in a random pattern.
Allow this to set up completely.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

When the chocolates are cooled and set, lifting the parchment, move it from beneath to help crack the popcorn into sections.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Now enjoy!

Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016, 2018
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Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

Kool Aid Popcorn

Kool-Aid Candied Popcorn

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Kool Aid Popcorn

My daughter-in-law Ashley asked me to make candy coated popcorn for my granddaughters birthday party and I wanted something new.  I found this one and just had to give it a try, it was so interesting.  It was AWESOME!  You are only limited by the flavors of Kool Aid – You’ve got to give this a whirl!    

Kool-Aid Candied Popcorn

Ingredients:

12 cups popped popcorn, plain or very light buttered

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/3 cup margarine (I am a real butter girl, but when I tried this recipe, margarine didn’t burn and worked MUCH better in this particular recipe)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 envelope (.13-.23 oz.) Kool-Aid Unsweetened Drink Mix – I found any red color worked best.  The orange & purple worked well, blue, green & yellow you will need to add a bit of food coloring

Directions:

Heat oven to 225 degrees.

Pour the popped popcorn into a large bowl.Kool Aid Popcorn

 

In a large pot, bring the sugar, corn syrup and margarine to a boil over medium-high heat.Kool Aid Popcorn 2Cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.Kool Aid Popcorn 3Remove from heat and add in the baking soda and Kool-Aid.  Stir well. Kool Aid Popcorn 4

Kool Aid Popcorn 5

Kool Aid Popcorn 6

Pour over the popcorn; stir gently to evenly coat popcorn.  Kool Aid Popcorn 7

Kool Aid Popcorn 7

 

Spread evenly into a jelly roll pan.Kool Aid Popcorn 8Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and stir, gently spread even again.Kool Aid Popcorn 8Bake for another 10 minutes and repeat.Kool Aid Popcorn 8Repeat this process to make a total baking time of 40 minutes.   Meanwhile spread a large piece of waxed paper onto the table.  When the popcorn is done, pour the popcorn out onto the waxed paper and spread out.Kool Aid Popcorn 8Cool completely.  Break into pieces and enjoy.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn colored Orange and Purple with candies

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

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Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn colored Orange and Purple with candies

Granny Corn, Mother Sugar Popcorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn Granny aka Sugar Corn aka Granny Popcorn is an easy no-fail popcorn.

Mother Goose Popcorn is usually pink, but it lends itself easily to being any color your desire.

For Halloween color it Orange or Purple, or even half the recipe and make both! 

For a very special treat, toss in some Halloween colored candied Sixlets, M&M’s or other candies and you’ve got a real winner for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers – all ages will enjoy this homemade Mother Goose PopCorn delight.



Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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. 

Granny's Sugar Popcorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

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.

Granny's Sugar Popcorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

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.

Then in about 2-3 minutes –

Granny's Sugar Popcorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

POOF the MAGIC happens!

Granny's Sugar Popcorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

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, 2018

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EASY make your own Old Fashioned Popcorn

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Old Fashioned Pop Corn

Old Fashioned Pop Corn

Have you ever made popcorn on the stove?  It’s so much better than the microwave kind, or even air pop for that matter.  The kernels pop up light, fluffy and crisp. 

It’s so easy to make and you can keep it healthy by simply adding a touch of salt, or a sprinkle of flavors, or you can make it as a very special treat by drizzling melted butter over the top. 

Anyway you dress it up, it will be delectable.




 

 Home Style Popcorn on the Stove

Ingredients:

Popcorn Kernels (do check the date for freshness, it does go stale)

Coconut Oil or any oil you prefer.  I chose coconut oil for it’s health benefits and fabulous taste.

Your choice of topping

Old Fashioned Pop Corn 1Large pan with lidTo the large pan, over medium to medium high heat, add 2 Tbl. of coconut oil, or preferred oil, and allow to meltOld Fashioned Pop Corn 2




put on the lid.Old Fashioned Pop Corn 3When the oil is melted, add in 2 kernels of popcorn and When you hear the popcorn kernels pop, take them out Old Fashioned Pop Corn 4Now add in 1/2 cup of  popcorn kernels   Old Fashioned Pop Corn 5




Put the lid on and move the pan back and forth over the burner.  This keeps the popcorn from burning on the bottomOld Fashioned Pop Corn 6Keep the pan moving and when you hear the popcorn popping slowing down, take off heat and wait until there is no more popping sound to avoid getting burned from a stray popping kernel. Old Fashioned Pop Corn 7 Pour out and enjoy with melted butter, salt or any of your favorite seasonings.Old Fashioned Pop Corn 8

 

Carrie’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Soft Caramel Corn

Soft and Creamy Caramel Corn

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Soft Caramel Corn

Soft Caramel Corn

This recipe is from my Grandma Shirley, and I’ve made it for at least 30 years. It’s a soft, creamy, caramel popcorn – decadent!




Old Fashioned Soft and Creamy Caramel Popcorn      

Ingredients:

21-24 cups of popped pop corn (use fresh, check the date on popcorn)

1/2 cup butter (1 square)

1 cup light corn syrup

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla

1-2 cups roasted nuts, optional  

 

Directions:

Pop the popcorn and measure 21 cups into a large bowl discarding any corn that didn’t pop.  

Keep the extra 3 cups aside.  

Add in nuts if desired.

Coat shallow pans (jelly roll) with spray release.

In a medium heavy saucepan combine the butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk and salt.

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 while in the mixture.

Turn heat to medium-high.  STIRRING CONSTANTLY cook over medium-high heat until mixture boils.

When it comes to a boil turn down to medium and continue stirring until the thermometer reaches 220 degrees or soft ball stage.Homemade Cracker Jacks

Take off the stove and stir in the vanilla. Homemade Cracker Jacks

Pour caramel over the popped popcorn and mix gently, adding in more popped corn as desired for a heavy or light caramel coating.Mix gently, folding popcorn over and over in the caramel sauce till covered completely.   

Pour caramel corn into sprayed pans and let cool. 

Store in zip lock bags or tightly sealed container.

Copyright recipe Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013.

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