Grandmas Candy Popcorn

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For many people, assorted popcorn is a must-have for Christmastime. It's even a tradition in some families to gift a large tin of popcorn to each family member. There are the ones that you can buy at the store with premade popcorn inside; then the tins usually have some current cartoon or movie characters on them. If you like to make your Christmas dessert recipes and you want to make some Christmas candy popcorn, Ashley from The Recipe Rebel shares her very own special easy dessert recipes with us so we can make them ourselves. This popcorn recipe from her own collection is actually her Grandma’s Candy Popcorn recipe. She's probably had it every Christmas since she was little except for the year her Grandma passed away. As most people experience when someone passes away, you tend to become more emotionally attached to the recipes they made or liked. It's always nice to keep them alive in our hearts by cooking and baking their favourite dessert recipes and other food recipes. So to honour her own Grandma, Ashley has shared this yummy candy popcorn recipe with all of us to carry on her Grandma's tradition of candy popcorn.

All you'll need is an air popcorn popper and just a few other ingredients you probably already have at home. You can also customize the recipe to your own tastes and add in different flavours and items too. You can change the colours too if you like and make it anytime or year. Add in other things like nuts, chocolates or candies to give it your own taste. You basically just pop a third of a cup of popcorn kernels which will make about 25 cups of popped popcorn. Then you will add the sugar, water and butter to a boil over medium-high heat. Then lower the temperature and boil while stirring constantly for three minutes, so the sugar doesn't burn. Next, you'll stir in some food colouring of your choice in colour and also salt. Then, put the popped popcorn into a large bowl and pour the liquid over the popcorn stirring well. Once you've fully coated your popcorn, you can put it on lined baking sheets to dry out for about 2 hours. Then, you can put it into bags and put in your decorative tins to give away, or out in a bowl to enjoy. When it's sealed, the popcorn will last a few weeks.

Popcorn is something people have loved for thousands of years, and there has been evidence of popcorn found from as early as 3600 BC. In the 19th century, back before we had air poppers, the corn kernels were popped by hand on a stovetop. The term popped corn was first found in John Russell Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms in 1848. A popcorn machine carried on a street cart was invented by Charles Cretors in Chicago in the 1880s making it easy for people to buy their favourite treat on the go. Popcorn was an affordable treat for people even during the Great Depression, and it only cost around 5 to 10 cents a bag. The popcorn business became a good way of earning money for struggling farmers like the Redenbacher family who are the people behind the famous popcorn brand. Then, popcorn started to become popular in theatres and still is till this day. Later on, microwave popcorn was created in 1981 by General Mills which made it easier to enjoy effortlessly at home. People still love popcorn as much as they did back then, so much so that there are places that claim to be the Popcorn Capital of the World including Ridgway, Illinois; Valparaiso, Indiana; and North Loup, Nebraska.***

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