Rainbow Popcorn

One of the many miscellaneous items in our pantry that needs to be used up are a couple of cans of popping corn, apparently belonging to Hadi. I have no idea why he wanted them, he never even opened them. The trouble is, me and my sisters aren’t really such huge fans of popcorn… but we are forced to do many things in our mission to clear out the various ingredients and such that need to be used up, so popcorn it is! Imagine my delight when I saw a recipe for RAINBOW popcorn. I like all things colourful, hehe. So, here we go!

What you need:
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup popping corn
3/4 cups sugar – reduced from 1 1/2 cups
50g salted butter, or add about 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 cup water
2-3 drops food colouring, of your choice.

What you do:

  1.  Preheat the oven to 180 C. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the corn, cover and cook over medium heat. Hold lid tightly, shake pan occasionally. Cook until the popping stops, then set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, butter and water in a small, heavy-based pan. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Brush sugar crystals from the sides of pan using a wet pastry brush. Bring to the boil and boil without stirring for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Divinde syrup into as many equal portions as you have colours – I used red, green and “natural”. Add colouring to each bowl; stir until combined and no streaking is visible. Divide popcorn into equal portions. Toss each batch of syrup into each portion of popcorn until popcorn is well-coated.
  4. Place popcorn onto an oven tray and bake for 5 minutes or until popcorn has separated and crystallised. Place popcorn in a large bowl, toss to combine colours. Serve on the say of making, or keep for up to two days in an airtight container.

This wasn’t actually all that bad! I realise that our popcorn looks a bit pale… that is mainly because I was too wary of putting too much food colouring in. The next time we make this, I’m dumping a whole lot in, because I am sure it will look even prettier. 😀 Yes, yes, I know, bad for you. But never mind… its only once in awhile!

As you can also see, we reduced the sugar in this by half. This probably caused the syrup to be more watery, leading to more popcorn being needed to mop it all up. You are, of course, welcome to use the full amount, but I found the half-sugar one to be more than sweet enough for me. It was nicely balanced by the addition of salt, but this was our own modification on the original recipe. You might not want salt in it, I’m not sure, in which case, use unsalted butter. But I liked the sweet-salty contrast very much. =)

Being popcorn, of course, we brought this as “contraband” to the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. (Yes, this was sometime ago…). Yes, you can buy popcorn there… but this is rainbow popcorn, which trumps normal popcorn, haha. As for the movie itself, I liked it well enough. It had its funny moments and Hugh Dancy made for a really sweet Luke Brandon. =) As with anything, the book seems much better in comparision, but oh well. Can’t really expect much from it. I would actually watch a sequel, if they were making one… which I doubt.

Back to the popcorn… the short baking in the oven really helped. It transformed the popcorn into crisp little morsels. Just perfect! But, due to Brunei’s humidity, they do get soggy really fast, but no worries! Just pop them briefly in a hot oven to crisp them right back up. 🙂 It took us awhile to finish this, so it had several trips to the oven without any bad effects, hehe.

Quote of the day: With all the horror in the world and all the crap that’s going on, for an hour and a half you go eat some popcorn and laugh with your friends. That’s what a movie is all about.