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Red Hot Popcorn



Now this is a very unusual combination ... sweet and hot. Your kids can make double batches of this and put in decorated paper lunch sacks as gifts or as party favors. Yummy!!

Ingredients:

32 cups of popped popcorn
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
1 package (9 ounces) red hot candies (small red cinnamon candies)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
1/8 t. red liquid food coloring

Directions:

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Place popcorn in a lightly greased large roasting pan. In a heavy large saucepan, melt butter ove medium-high heat. Stir in sugar, cinnamon candies, corn syrup, and salt. Stirring constantly, bring mixture to a boil. Continue stirring and boil five more minutes or until candies melt. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and food coloring. -- Be careful as the mixture will foam. -- Pour syrup over popcorn; stir until well coated. Bake 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on lightly greased aluminum foil to cool. Store in airtight container.

Yield: about 36 cups of popcorn.

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