Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Corn

We needed a fun snack yesterday.  I wanted the kids to help make a Christmas treat, but didn't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  Google helped me! 

I found an easy recipe for cracker jacks, colored for Halloween.  I changed out the colors, and made Christmas corn. The kids helped pick out the old maids and put the popcorn into two separate large bowls.

While they handled the popcorn, I mixed up the syrup.   I don't typically use evaporated milk, so I substituted that with equal parts of heavy cream and milk.  I was a bit nervous, but it worked fine! 

The syrup cooked really quickly, and only had to boil for a minute.  I poured half of it into another pan and added green.  I colored the rest red.  A few drops of food coloring is all it took. 

I poured the green syrup over one bowl, and the red over the other.  A  stir with a wooden spoon ensured that each piece was coated. 

Since it was really sticky, I decided it should be baked, even though the original recipe didn't call for that.  I combined both colors in a large baking pan and stuck it in a cold oven.  I set it to 350 degrees and set the timer for 20 minutes.  That seemed to be perfect! The popcorn was no longer sticky.

The kids were so excited to eat their Christmas corn!  It definitely lightened our moods and gave us energy to head out into the cold and do chores. 

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