From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I came across this pink confection at a luncheon that was hosted by a church youth group. I thought it would make a perfect feature for Pink Saturday and might be something that anyone planning a shower or spring luncheon might want to consider. I must warn you that is more like a candy than Kettle Corn and will satisfy the cravings of even the most ravenous sweet tooth. The group that prepared this treat had a limited budget, so they used standard popcorn to make it. I'd recommend that you splurge and buy gourmet, large kernel, popcorn if you think this recipe is something you might want to try. Those with dentures and braces will appreciate your special effort. While this version of popcorn is very easy to make, you'll need a candy thermometer to gauge the readiness of the syrup used to color and flavor it. It can be made a day before serving, but the flavor is best if the corn is served shortly after it is made. This is not a treat for the sugar shy, but those with a fondness for sweets will love it. Here's the recipe.
Pink Popcorn...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Nan's Recipe Spot
6 quarts popped popcorn (3/4 cup kernels)
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup half & half, cream or whole milk
1 tablespoon white corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 drops red food coloring
Place sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt in saucepan on a medium heat. Stir well and cook until sugar has fully dissolved before allowing mixture to boil.. Continue to cook stirring occasionally until reaching 230 degrees or slightly soft ball stage. Add vanilla and food coloring. Mix well. Pour over 6 quarts of popcorn and stir until well coated. Spread out on flat surface to let dry and cool. Yield: 6 quarts.
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