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St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + cooling

Makes

6 quarts

Everyone's eyes will be smilin' when they see this green popcorn. The emerald color gives this snack instant St. Patrick's Day appeal. —Karen Weber, Salem, Missouri
St. Patrick's Day Popcorn Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 to 10 drops green food coloring

Directions

  1. Place popcorn in a large roasting pan; keep warm in a 250° oven. Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugars, water, corn syrup, vinegar and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 260° (hard-ball stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in butter until melted. Stir in food coloring. Drizzle over warm popcorn and toss to coat. Cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 139 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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