I love it is my daughter’s turn to take a snack to preschool. It gives me a good reason to come up with some fun kid friendly snacks.
A few weeks ago I found some adorable Monster face sandwich bags in the Target Dollar Spot. I snatched them up and knew I had to come up with something fun to put inside. I was stumped for a bit until the husband mentioned popcorn, and I remembered I had been wanting to try this popcorn recipe from Our Best Bites. That, my friends, is how Monster Popcorn was born.
Candied Jello Popcorn
- 8 cups popped popcorn – approximately 1 bag of popped microwave popcorn
- 3 Tbsp Light Corn syrup
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine
- 3 oz box of Jell-o – NOT sugar free
- 1/2 cup sugar
1. In a saucepan, stir to combine the butter and corn syrup over medium heat. Once the butter is completely melted, add in the Jell-o powder and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir well to combine.
2. Turn the heat up slightly and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Immediately pour the jello syrup over the popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Stir to coat the popcorn.
4. Turn the popcorn onto a cookie sheet cover in parchment paper. With your stirring spoon, smooth into a single layer or popcorn.
5. Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 10 minutes.
6. Allow the popcorn to cool until it reaches room temperature.
7. Break into bite size pieces and enjoy!
I actually made 6 different flavors of Jello popcorn. I labeled each one in the picture, so you could see the color it turned out. Grape and watermelon were disappointing color-wise. I was hoping for a little more vibrant colors. However, watermelon was my favorite in the taste department. It tasted just like a jolly rancher.
For my photo shoot, I kept each monster bag to one flavor, however I thought it would be fun to mix them all up for the snack. Plus, that way the kids can’t fight over colors. Everybody gets some of everything.
I just love how bright and cheery it looks!
Here our the multi-color monsters all ready for preschool tomorrow!
I hope you and your ‘little monsters’ enjoy!