A Sweet & Salty Presentby caroline
In fact, when it came time to put together a foodie-related present for my sister's birthday, I decided to make her … you guessed it … kettle corn!
I told Dan about my idea and he agreed that birthday popcorn should be on the menu. Amanda is obsessed with pink, so I thought, "Why not pink sugar?" And, of course, what's a birthday sweet treat without sprinkles?
So, we followed our Classic Kettle Corn Recipe, but added a bit more sugar, rounding it out to look a little something like this:
A.K.S. Pink-a-licious Birthday Kettle Corn:
- 1/2 cup safflower oil
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
- small bowl o' sugar mixed with 5 droplets of pink food dye
- sprinkles (as desired)
- three pinches of salt (I kinda Rachael Ray-d it.)
Heat the safflower oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once the oil is sizzlin', stir in the sugar and popcorn. Cover, and consistently shake, shake, shake the pot to keep the sugar from burning. When the popping has slowed down to about once every 2 seconds, remove the pot from the heat, while continuing to shake until the popping has stopped. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and dump on in the pink sugar, sprinkles and salt. Let the popcorn cool and stir occasionally to keep the popcorn from clumping.
We decided to pour Amanda's popcorn into a Mason jar because, well, I just love Mason jar gifts. I tied on a ultra-girly, purple ribbon and attached the instructions, so that Amanda can make the popcorn at home. If she wants to make Classic Kettle Corn, then all she has to do is nix the pink sugar and sprinkles (keep the salt!).And, of course, we gave it a name fit for a pink-loving Amanda Kathleen Shannon!