Even though I genuinely enjoy cleaning, around here we have a division of duties that keep me sane because I can’t do it all alone. These vast majority of the time Mr. Rob washes the dishes, carries out the trash and puts it to the curb every week, takes care of our monthly expenses and keeps the backyard clean. And when I don’t feel well he also does the vast majority of the cooking which is fabulous.
Rob tends to go through cooking phases. There for a while, we had nothing but curries. Heck, he’d even put curry powder into things it had no place being. “Enough with the curries!” I said one day so right now he’s in a simple cooking phase where he does a meat, veggie, and starch. Last night he cooked up chicken breasts, Brussels sprouts and white rice which was devoid of any curry spice, thank heavens. But as he cooked, across the way and behind 2 closed doors I could smell burning. I ran out to check and see what was going on and as it turned out everything was a little overdone. The outer leaves of the Brussel sprouts were shucked to get rid of the burned parts and though dry, the chicken was still totally edible. Several years ago when we first moved in together this kind of supper (burnt) was common but with developing cooking skills we hadn’t had a meal like this in a while. When I asked what went wrong Rob looked at me like I had grown a second head. OF COURSE, the dinner was burnt. There are no knobs on the stove! He had to guess what the temperature for each burner was!
Yep, in cleaning the stove earlier that day, because dishes duty is Rob but general kitchen cleaning is all me, baby, I had popped the knobs off to clean them and didn’t put them back. And I guess Rob didn’t think to ask where they were and just assumed that this is what we do now…. we cook on a stove with no knobs :)
This morning I popped those knobs back on and made one of my most favorite treats of all time, sweet and fruity candy coated popcorn. Made with a Valentine’s Day twist, this snack is a munch you’ll want to crunch all of the time. It’s so good. It’s so addictive. It’s so easy.
Hate sticky popcorn? No worries, this colorful and flavorful Jello popcorn is amazingly crisp meaning no sticky fingers! Make it in your favorite flavors and colors perfect for holidays, big games. And because it’s so easy, you can make it just because, too!
This recipe calls for a silicone baking sheet and I can’t recommend enough using one. You can also use parchment paper or wax paper but it can be kind of a mess when collecting the popcorn when it’s done. See below:
I seriously played around with different methods of finishing the popcorn out including wax paper, silicone and parchment paper. On the right up there was wax paper which was a NIGHTMARE. Look at all of that flippin’ waste! And it took AGES to get what I could prying it up with a butterknife. And then I sat there and peeled the wax paper away from the stuff that mostly came up of the paper. It was so UGH, guys and the whole reason why I have far less red popcorn than pink or orange. Now, Parchment paper works better than wax, but still has issues with sticking. That Silpat silicone mat, on the other hand, does has some candy left behind but most of it wiped away with a dry paper towel and what that didn’t tackle a slightly damp paper towel did! So as far as good, better, best we’ve got wax paper, parchment, silicone.
Now I do hate asking anybody to buy special items for cooking but in this case, a silicone mat is AMAZING and you can use it when baking cookies or making anything in the oven that’s sticky. It’s also great for setting up your dipped chocolate pieces and homemade candies because they don’t stick to the mat once the candy has hardened.
Now I can practically hear half of you sighing on the other side of your computer screen because, alas, you have no candy thermometer or, maybe, you just plain hate using it :) No sweat, guys, because this is a candy thermometer free candy recipe. Cool, right? Want to learn how to make this amazing Jello popcorn?
Crunchy and Colorful Jello Popcorn Recipe
This recipe is made to perfectly fit on one average sized cookie sheet AND it uses the same numbers for recipe quantities and timing to make it an easy to remember recipe if you want to make multiple batches without going back to your phone or print out. You can easily double the recipe if you have more cookie sheets and oven space! And remember, no candy thermometer needed… score!
- 2 tablespoons light Karo syrup
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1/4 cup of Jello powder ( 1/2 of 3-ounce package)
- 4-5 cups of freshly popped popcorn (my dad got me this popper about 5 years ago and I still use it all of the time!)
- Food coloring (optional)
- Silicone mat
- Preheat your oven to 300°. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone mat, parchment paper or wax paper if you’ve got absolutely nothing else…
- Pop 1/4 cup of corn to yield in between 4-5 cups of popcorn. Place in the biggest bowl you have.
- In a small saucepan melt butter in light Karo syrup over low heat. This usually takes about 5 minutes. Once melted stir well to incorporate.
- Add in brown sugar and Jello powder and stir well. If adding in food coloring for more vibrant colors like I have, do that now. Raise the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low so that the candy bubbles slightly. Set your timer for 5 minutes and walk away.
- Tossing your popcorn as you go, pour the melted candy onto it. Stir to coat well.
- Transfer to your baking sheet and bake 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool, breaking pieces apart once you’re able to safely handle it.
I made my batch as a sort of Valentine’s Day treat. Can you tell by that sweet heart covered popcorn tub? (Scored it in the Valentine’s Day aisle at Walmart for $0.97 by the by.) In all honesty, I meant to toss in some conversation hearts onto my candied corn while still sticky but I got into the ZONE and forgot :)
No matter. I’ve still got a big ol’ stash of watermelon, black cherry and mango flavored Jello popcorn to enjoy. Now tell me, what flavors are you going to whip up? I’d love to hear your ideas!