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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!!


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


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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