You know that moment when you realize you haven’t had a certain snack that you used to love for like a decade or maybe even two decades. I had that moment last week, I loved Jello Popcorn as a kid, but I had a pretty big problem…my mom wasn’t a fan. Mom has always been loyal to her caramel popcorn recipe and didn’t appreciate my ideas for “ruining” popcorn by putting Jello on it. Don’t get me wrong. She loves Jello, we had Jello in some form, with Sunday dinner every week. She just couldn’t see the appeal of eating it on popcorn.
Me on the other hand, I loved Jello on popcorn. It is tasty! I realized last week it had been far too long since I had eaten Jello popcorn and my children had probably never even tasted it. My boys LOVE to use the popcorn popper, so I knew they would be more then happy to be my little helpers. If things went well they could wrap it up in Christmas tins and take to their friends. So we made a batch…..or two. They loved it!With one simple adjustment to this recipe you can make this Jello popcorn into popcorn balls. Catch me after the jump for the details.
Crunchy Jello Popcorn
1 small package Jello, any flavor you would like, (Strawberry and Lime work great for Christmas)
1/4 cup, room temperature, margarine or butter, I prefer margarine in this recipe
3 Tbsp corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
8-9 cups popped popcorn
- Set popcorn aside in a large mixing bowl.
- Preheat oven to 250°
- Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray and set aside.
- Combine all other ingredients and stir well to combine as margarine melts.
- Bring to a boil.
- Once mixture is boiling, reduce heat to a simmer.
- Simmer mixture for 4-5 minutes while constantly stirring.
- Pour over popcorn,
- Stir well to coat popcorn as evenly as possible.
- Spread popcorn out over prepared cookie sheet and place in oven for twenty minutes, stirring well after 10 minutes.
- Let cool. Break apart into pieces and Enjoy!
*If you would rather make this recipe into popcorn balls, just reduce the simmer time to three minutes. Pour over popcorn and stir gently until popcorn is well covered. Use buttered hands to form balls and cover each ball with plastic wrap or place in Ziploc bags.