Colored popcorn is made by pouring a hot gelatin solution over fully-popped popcorn and baking it in an oven. The gelatin mixture consists of butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and any color of gelatin powder. The solution is mixed over low heat before it is stirred over the popcorn to coat the snack fully, then baked on an aluminum-foil-lined cookie sheet for a few minutes to set.Continue Reading
An alternative ingredient list for making colored popcorn includes sugar, lemon extract, water, corn syrup and food coloring. The sugar should be dissolved when it is heated in order for the mixture to work best. Creating one color of popcorn at a time helps ensure a speedy process and fully-coated popcorn.
To shape the popcorn into balls or other shapes, the cook can wait until the coated popcorn is slightly cool before molding it by hand or with cookie cutters or molds as desired. To prevent accidental burns, popcorn should not be molded immediately after the coating process. Spraying the aluminum foil with a nonstick cooking spray prior to cooking the popcorn can prevent it from sticking during the removal process. Hands should also be sprayed prior to shaping the popcorn as desired.Learn more about Food Facts
The origin of the term "old maids" for unpopped kernels of popcorn is unknown, but it has been in use for more than 100 years. For example, the term appeared in the 1947 edition of the "New England Cooking" cookbook by Ella S. Bowles and Dorothy S. Towle and in the May 21, 1949 edition of the Saturday Evening Post.Full Answer >
By itself, popcorn is a whole grain that provides a fair amount of fiber and some other beneficial nutrients, but popcorn with extra butter and other ingredients may be high in unhealthy fats, which reduces its health benefits.Full Answer >
One interesting story about popcorn is that the oldest popcorn was discovered in central New Mexico. It's believed to be about 5,600 years old. It's said that ancient popcorn found in Peruvian tombs is so well-preserved it can still pop.Full Answer >
Kettle corn is popcorn that is seasoned with salt, sugar and oil. Kettle corn is traditionally cooked in an open kettle or a Dutch oven and is often sold at fairs, flea markets and festivals.Full Answer >