getting ready for a big first


On Sunday our family will be celebrating the first birthday of The Sprout... how we waited for him to arrive!  There will be swimming and eating at Sassy and McDreamy's place... and a few other things planned according to family tradition.  The Sprout will get his first locks of hair shorn at the hands of his surgeon daddy and his knife-making grampy!  It's bound to create some excitement.  Sassy and I conferred months ago and decided upon a barbershop theme, with red, white and blue excitement.


Today we had a work bee to make Emily's delicious not-so-fancy candy corn.  We wanted red and blue, so we altered the recipe a bit, adding Kool-Aid to tint and flavour the coating.  The result?  Yummy.  Irresistible.  So easy.  Here's the recipe:

12 cups air-popped corn
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (one stick)
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (here's where we substituted, Kool-Aid instead of vanilla)

Wilton gel food colour paste to tint in 
red (no taste) and royal blue


Over medium heat, combine sugar, butter and corn syrup.  We were brave girls, doubling this recipe as we went along... it worked out well and if you think this will be enjoyed as much as we do, go for it.  Try not to stir the mixture too much while you bring it to soft crack (260 degrees) on your candy thermometer.  Remove from heat and stir in the baking soda, one package of your desired Kool-Aid mix and some drops of extra Wilton gel if you like your colours bold and bright, like we do.

Toss it quickly!  This is why it is best to work with a partner, right Sassy?  Things can get pretty sticky pretty fast.  Once the popcorn is lightly and evenly coated, turn it out onto some shiny side up tinfoil and let it cool until you pack it up.


Makes approximately 8 servings per single recipe.  Enjoy!

25 comments:

jkddz said...

YUMMY.... I can just imagine all the super fine parties that little man will enjoy...with a party pro Mom and Auntie!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Have a lovely birthday Sprout! X

Helena said...

Happy Birthday Sprout! Looks like it's going to be a fab party.

The French Bear said...

That looks fantastic, I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Margaret B

Chris said...

You have out done yourself again , I must try this .

Jerri-Lea said...

YAY! Glad you found a recipe for me!! I was planning on making pink, blue and purple for the Hannah Montana birthday party! Ours will just be packaged in the HM ziplock bags (found some for 50 cents at Zellers!)

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SOINSPIRED said...

I love all the colors. I'm sure I'll be coming back to make this candy corn. Your blog is such a resource for me. Happy Birthday little one.

Laura said...

Happy Birthday to the Sprout! I'm sure the party will be a blast!

Saucy said...

This was so INCREDIBLY EASY! Yes, JL you can make any colour combo... we tried a batch with double Kool-Aid and it looked great but was maybe too rich in flavour! Go for it and let us know how it works.

I will be making this for Loopy's Grade 8 Farewell event in school colours and also tossing in blue and gold M&M's and crushed blue and gold lollipop pieces.

SandraD said...

Happy Birthday Sprout! It sounds like the party will be fabulous. Thanks for sharing the recipe. My daughter asked last night if we could make some candy popcorn. Now I have a sure fire recipe.

3rdEyeMuse said...

Happy, happy birthday, Sprout!!

Tamara Jansen said...

You guys are making such a fun EVENT of this whole thing! Happy Birthday, birthday Sprout :)

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Happy birthday to adorable little Sprout!

Thank you so much for the candy corn recipe! It looks so yummy and I know my boys will love it :)

Isnt Adam Lambert a dream boat? To bad he is you know what, lol!

Hugs,
Amy

Leica Forrest said...

Oh my word Saucy, you are setting the bar high!!!!! we are coming to Sprout's party this weekend, and when the boys see those, they will be begging me forever to make it! you are such a super mom!!!!

Amy said...

You guys are so fun. I bet that party is going to be wonderful.

alittlebitofscrap said...

I hope it is a beautiful day for the party! :)

Suzy said...

That looks great. So cleaver! Where did you get the popcorn boxes?...Dollarama..
Thanks for the recipe, love the koolaid idea!

sassy studio said...

Thanks for the popcorn fest Aunt Saucy, we had a great time learning all your secrets! The kool aide idea brilliant! The boxes were a great find at a local novelty shop, bazzar and novelty fact in you are local but I have spied them at dollarama now that you mention it Suzy. I must run to make mustaches.....
xox Sassy

Saucy said...

Now I am befuddled because I had a carton of popcorn bags around here a long time ago that were blue and gold in decoration and now I need to put a hand to them for Loopy's farewell party at the end of the school year, I'm planning to make this candy corn in blue and yellow (school colours) with matching M&M's and some handmade spun sugar in blue and gold... where did I put those???

The Mrs. said...

What a great idea!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

we have to try this...soon.

da CHEF said...

just a tip...if you mix all your sugar, oil, flavoring, & kernels before it starts popping...all you have to do is salt the popcorn & let cool....less work....i been through the whole process...just make sure you keep shaking that pot so the sugar dont heat to high and may burn popcorn....youll get more pop in your kernel =D

zerbertkisses said...

I just tried a trial run of the candied popcorn, it's delicious! Your recipe is much simpler than most of the other ones I found and I like the amount yours makes so that I can do several colors and flavors. I'll be making red (black cherry) and gold (invisible kiwi-watermelon) flavored popcorn for my son's upcoming 3rd birthday, Micky Mouse Clubhouse. I'm very excited. Thank you for sharing!