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Creepy Candied Corn

I couldn't stop eating this popcorn when I first tried it at a friend's party. My generous pal offered the recipe, and now I bring it to gatherings often. Color your corn an eerie green hue to add a spooky effect at Halloween. —Courtney D Wilson, Fresno, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 60 min.
  • Makes
    7 quarts

Ingredients

  • 3 packages (3.3 ounces each) butter-flavored microwave popcorn
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 5 drops green food coloring, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 250°. Pop popcorn according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to two very large bowls; discard any unpopped kernels.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and, if desired, food coloring. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans.
  • Bake 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Remove from pans and place on waxed paper to cool. Break into clusters. Store in airtight containers.

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