I am making this for my niece for a Barbie Viewing Party. They have “Barbie” shirts for everyone to wear to the movie, and they are taking little bags of this Popcorn to the theatre to enjoy during the movie.
Pink Barbie Popcorn
2/3 Cup of whole milk, half and half, OR 6 oz. can of evaporated milk
2 Cups Sugar
2 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup
¼ teaspoon salt, omit if popcorn is already salted
1 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract
6-8 drops of red food coloring, or any color you like.
10 cups to 16 cups of Popped Popcorn (no butter is best)
Place popcorn into a very large bowl. Set aside. Place two pieces of 4-foot-long waxed paper onto the counter or two cookie sheets.
In a large heavy saucepan, add the milk, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Stir to combine. Place a lid on top of the pan and bring to a boil. Let boil cover for 2 minutes, to “wash down” the sides of the pan. Place a candy thermometer into the hot syrup, be careful not to have the thermometer touch the bottom of the pan. Do NOT stir and Cook to soft ball stage, 238 degrees. (227 degrees in at 5,000 feet altitude). Add the red food coloring and the vanilla extract.
Pour onto the popped popcorn. Stir to combine, and stir until all popcorn is covered, and cooling a bit. It will start to loss the shine and go sugary.
Pour popcorn onto the waxed paper and allow to cool completely and dry out. Store in a dry place.
** I used the Corn Puffs, the taste was a bit different but I still loved it. The color was a bit off as the Corn Puffs are more yellow. So next time I will increase the red food coloring a bit.
*For a fun twist add orange flavoring and orange food coloring for a “Creamsicle” taste. Or make up your own fun flavors.
*Gluten free as written. To make Dairy Free us almond or oat milk instead of milk.