Try It Tuesday

I woke up this morning to snow! It was so pretty! The best part? I didn’t have to go anywhere today! What, what!

So since I was snowed in (and by “snowed in” I mean it was too stinking cold for me to go outside even though the snow had melted by noon) I thought I’d make a tasty treat for today’s Try It!

Check it out!

Nummy!

Nummy!

Its Jell-o flavored popcorn! Awesome, right?!

 

Here’s what ya need:

(Sugar not pictured!)

(Sugar not pictured!)

8 cups of popped popcorn
1/4 cup butter
3 tbsp light corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1 box of Jell-O flavor
Pre-heat your oven to 300*. Then, put some foil on a large baking pan and spray with cooking spray and set it to the side. Measure out the popcorn and place it in a large mixing bowl and set it aside. Melt the butter and corn syrup on your in a pot on the stove.
Its like buttah!

Its like buttah!

When the butter is melted, pour in the corn syrup and Jell-O (I used strawberry). Mix well. Let the mixture boil and then simmer for about 4-5 minutes.
Pretty, huh?

Pretty, huh?

 

Then, pour the mixture over the popcorn and mix it well.

Oh yeah!

Oh yeah!

 

Then, spread the popcorn on the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Mmm...

Mmm…

 

After 10 minutes, take out the pan and let it cool. And then, DEVOUR.

SO. GOOD.

SO. GOOD.

 

GUYS. This stuff is AMAZING! I’m seriously considering making it for a Super Bowl party we’re attending on Sunday! Maybe make them match the team colors? The possibilities are ENDLESS!

 

 

Try It Monday

Happy Monday!

Wait. That’s sort of an oxymoron isn’t it? Happy Monday? No such thing, right?

WRONG.

Because today I’ve got a yummy Try It for you, just in time for your New Year’s par-tay!

Its pretty simple and REALLY good!

Every Christmas, my parents get a tin with the three different flavors of popcorn. Typically, the caramel one goes first and everyone gets all butt hurt because they “only got a handful” of the sweet treat. Well hold on to your hats! I’m about to save the holidays.

 

Caramel Corn Puffs! ("Gotta have my Pops!")

Caramel Corn Puffs! (“Gotta have my Pops!”)

My mom and sister made these the other night and they were BANGIN’!

Here’s what you need:

2 sticks butter

2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. Karo (light)

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 package Cheetos butter flavored corn puffs (Chester’s Puffcorn)

In a large saucepan, bring butter, brown sugar and Karo to a boil for 5 minutes, but be sure to stir it a few times. Then, stir in vanilla, salt and baking soda (the mixture will bubble; don’t worry, this is supposed to happen).

Sweet caramelly goodness.

Sweet caramelly goodness.

Meanwhile, pour the corn puffs into a large bowl. Next, pour the mixture over the corn puffs and stir until well coated.

Ooohhhh yeeeahhh....

Ooohhhh yeeeahhh….

Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes. When time’s up, place the dishes on a cooling rack.

Caramel popcorn at its best; hot and fresh from the oven!

Caramel popcorn at its best; hot and fresh from the oven!

Then, try not to eat the whole thing. You’ll want to, trust me. Its THAT good. They seriously taste like Corn Pops and I lurve Corn Pops!

Try It Tuesday

I had every intention of doing a super difficult Try It Tuesday, just because I wanted to challenge myself. But, seeing as how my pantry is nearly empty (seriously, even the moths have gone away), and grocery day isn’t until Friday, I perused Pinterest for something simple yet intriguing.

Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of popcorn. Mostly because its an easy way to get in whole grains and it also satisfies this preggo’s need for salty without eating an entire bag of Funyuns.

So when I saw this gem, I knew I had to try it:

Kettle popcorn = crack.

Kettle popcorn = crack.

 

Not only was it my favorite snack, but it only called for FOUR ingredients! And I had all of them! Woot woot!

Nom, nom, nom.

Nom, nom, nom.

(Granted, the recipe called for canola oil and I didn’t have that. I only use EVOO. I’m a snob.)

I followed the directions, which, at times were not very helpful. At one point she says: Put the oil in the pot on medium-high heat until you see a faint puff of smoke. Um, yeah. I NEVER saw a faint puff of smoke. I was watching so intently, however, that I started imagining smoke. Seriously; I saw my bangs move out of the corner of my eye and thought: SMOKE! 

The directions said you could also toss a kernel in there and when it popped, you knew it was ready to drop in the sugar. So I plopped a kernel and it popped. I took it as a sign to move forward, so I did. Sigh. 

I pour in the sugar and then the popcorn kernels. I was so excited! yummy kettle corn on its way to my tummy! Yummy, yummy! (And yes, I did sing that to myself as I poured the kernels in the pot.)

You are so getting eaten.

You are so getting eaten.

I waited for the kernels to pop. I shook the pot every 20 seconds like the instructions said. After almost 5 minutes with no sound of popping coming from the pot, I admitted defeat.

*Charlie Brown voice* Good grief.

*Charlie Brown voice*
Good grief.

Yeah. I actually think I heard my stomach stifle a sob. We were really looking forward to this yummy treat.

I’m still not exactly sure what went wrong. Maybe I should have used canola oil? Did I have the burner on too high? Was my song not inspirational enough for the kernels to pop? Whatever it was, this was just sad. But, on the bright side, now I’ve invented a new snack: candied popcorn kernels!