This TUTTI-FRUTTI- POPCORN reminds me of the double-glazed kind that I would buy at the local popcorn shop as a kid, glossily glazed in mouth-watering sweetness, yet with a hint of tartness and lots of crunch. One batch is just enough for a (very, very) indulgent Netflix binge-watching session for one, or perhaps a couch and movie night for two.
Have I piqued your interest? Let's get to making some!
Step 1: Make the Base Sauce/Glaze
- 10-12 c. popped popcorn (about 1/2 c. un-popped popcorn + 1/4 c. oil)
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. butter plus 5 tbsp. butter
- 1/4 c. corn syrup
- 7 regular-sized packs of skittles (or approx. 1/3 c. skittles of each flavour)
Mix and melt brown sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 c. butter over medium to high heat and stir until boiling. A light sauce will form (as opposed to butter running separate from sugar. You'll know what I mean when you see it.) Continue stirring caramel sauce and let it boil until it has become a slightly thicker caramel sauce.
Step 2: Make Skittles-Flavoured Sauces
Put 1/5th of the caramel mixture in a separate pot and add one flavour of skittles plus 1 tbsp. butter. Stir over medium heat until the skittles have dissolved into the caramel and it has become a homogenous sauce (this will take a bunch of continuous stirring and smushing of the skittles).
Step 3: Coat & Bake the Popcorn
Stir in 2 c. of popcorn into the flavoured sauce, until thoroughly coated, and spread on half of a cookie sheet in a 250 degree ovevn. Do the same with the remaining flavours, one at a time.
You'll end up with two cookie trays in the oven, one with two flavours of popcorn on it, and one with three flavours of popcorn on it.
Every time you add one of the 5 flavours of popcorn to the oven, stir the other colours to re-coat with flavoured sauce (it has a tendency to melt off). Be sure to keep the flavour of popcorn separate on the trays.
Once all the flavours are made, bake both trays in the oven at 250 degrees, for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool on cookie trays. Once cool, break up any chunks that have formed, and mix flavours together in a large serving bowl. Then...dive in! Try each flavour separately, then try them together. You really can taste the separate flavours! Yum-o!
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