St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching. Although, my family isn’t Irish, we still enjoy celebrating the day. St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is a religious (Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Luthern). This holiday that occurs ever year on March 17, which corresponds with the day that the famous patron of Ireland, Saint Patrick passed away. It is a day where Lenten restrictions are lifted, green attire is worn, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland is celebrated.
My family celebrates by feasting on Shamrock Shake from McDonalds, wearing festive Irish inspired t-shirts and a green treat or two. This year, I decided to try my hand at making green candied popcorn. It is the perfect snack to send to school with my children to surprise them at lunchtime on Saint Patrick Day!
Green Candied Popcorn
(Inspired by this recipe)
- 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels
- 1 paper bag
- 1 1/2 Cups sugar
- 1/2 Cup light corn syrup
- 2 Tbsp salted butter
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- green food coloring (I used about 10 drops of green food colouring)
1. Place 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in a paper bag. Roll down the rim, leaving a lot of room for movement. Place in microwave for 2 and half minutes. Remove when the popping stops. Set aside.
2. On medium heat, melt butter.
3. Once butter is melted, increase the temperature to medium high and add sugar and corn syrup. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar.
4. When the mixture boils, add in food coloring and stop stirring. (Very important! My first time trying this recipe, I continued to stir and the colour was anything but GREEN!)
5. Boil for 5 minutes (Do not stir) until mixture is about 250-260 degrees. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and baking soda. Mix well.
6. While the mixture is still foamy, pour it over popped corn and gently stir to coat popcorn.
7. Place green popcorn on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake at 200° F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.