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Halloween Popcorn – Monster Munch Popcorn

Yields1 Serving

Halloween popcorn - Monster Munch popcorn recipe

 3 tbsp canola oil, divided
 6 tbsp mushroom popcorn kernels
 Pinch of salt, to taste
 3 tbsp sugar
 Orange gel food coloring
 Moss Green gel food coloring
 Purple gel food coloring
FIRST, PREP YOUR SUPPLIES
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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, divide the sugar evenly between 3 small bowls. Then, you want to color each bowl of sugar a different tone by adding 1 to 3 drops of the food coloring. The more dye you add, the darker (or more vibrant) the color will be. Stir each bowl of sugar with a clean fork, until the sugars are sandy in texture.

Handy tip: You might wear latex gloves when doing this, to avoid staining your fingers. (Learned this the hard way!)

NEXT, POP YOUR POPCORN
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Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels to a medium nonstick saucepan with a lid. Cover and place the pan over medium heat. Gently shake the pan back and forth, to make sure the kernels are evenly coated with the oil.

This next part is very tricky – be careful! Once the kernels begin to pop, move the pan off the heat and quickly add one of the bowls of colored sugar, and immediately re-cover the pan. BE CAREFUL! The oil is VERY hot!

Return the covered pan to the heat, shaking the pan constantly to ensure that the sugar doesn’t burn, while the popcorn pops. Once the pops are 3 to 5 seconds apart, remove the pot from heat and pour your popped popcorn onto the baking sheet. Spread the popcorn out with a wooden spoon. Evenly sprinkle salt over the hot popcorn and allow to cool.

Repeat these steps for each color. Hint: You may need to wipe your pan clean with a paper towel or cloth in between batches. Do not add water to hot pan with hot oil, though. (You can get burned if you do this!)