Once it goes into the microwave though, it's an adult only job. It is bubbling hot. And boring beige. We need the color. It's all about the color. Well, the taste too. But that comes later.
This is for the purple batch. We also made an orange batch.
As evidenced by this shot of the syrup poured onto the popcorn in one of the bags.
Then comes the really fun part. The taking turns with the bag part. The go crazy part. It's affectionately called the "Shake till you drop" part. For obvious reasons.
Here's Spiderman taking a turn.
Back into a large bowl or roaster for a little bit of extra stirring to make sure it's all that sticky, sweet goodness is spread evenly and then a little cooling off. At this point tasting is mandatory. Yup, go for it. And this is where I say, "Bet you can't eat just one". But go ahead, no one will tell on you. I mean, need to make sure it's right.
Then the joining together of what was once two colors. Two flavors. Now merging to become a burst of sweet goodness in the mouth. Yummy. Even better in a fun bag, with a good movie, in our jammies.
-30 cups popped popcorn, split evenly into 2 large paper grocery bags
-2 pkgs. different colored koolaid (For fall I picked purple and orange, for Christmas I pick red and green, Easter is usually yellow and purple, etc.)
For each color of popcorn you will need:
-1 cup white sugar
-1/2 cup white corn syrup
-1/2 cup margarine
-1/2 tsp. baking soda
For each batch, put white sugar, corn syrup and margarine into a microwave safe 4 cup or bigger glass measuring cup or bowl.
Place in microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Remove and carefully stir.
Place again in microwave and cook on high for another 2 minutes.
Very carefully remove. It is extremely hot! You might want to use mitts. Add baking soda and koolaid. Mix slowly together. Pour over one batch of the popcorn in the bag. Fold the bag shut and shake like a maniac.
Place the bag into the microwave and cook on high 1 more minute. Shake again. Repeat this step one more time.
Pour into large bowl or roasting pan. Gently stir so that the popcorn is well coated. Let cool.
Repeat with the next color. When cool mix together. If you desire it not so sweet, just pop a small batch of plain popcorn and mix that in after the colored batch is cold.
Bask in the glory of praise of your children.