Friday, June 24, 2011

Patriotic Popcorn Bars


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Looking for a 4th of July treat that you can whip up in minutes and is sure to please your kids?  These popcorn balls fit the bill.  They are over-sized, fun and tasty.  If you have been around my blog at all, you know that I like to create with Jell-O; these popped into my mind the other day.

To make these giant-sized bars, you make the Jell-O popcorn recipe three times with three different flavors of of Jell-O.  I used cherry, berry blue, and lemon Jell-O.  I also used a dab of food coloring in the cherry and berry blue batches; this is optional.


Jell-O Popcorn Recipe
1 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 small package Jell-O ( 3 ounce size)
Popcorn -- I used my air pop popcorn maker -- it makes 12-13 cups of popcorn.
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Pop popcorn and place in large bowl.  Place syrup, sugar, and Jell-O in small sauce pan.  Stir well then bring to a boil and continue boiling for 1 minute.  Do not over boil as the mixture can turn hard. Pour over popcorn and mix well until the popcorn is covered with they syrup mixture.  Butter your hands and put popcorn in large baking pan and press firmly and tap popcorn down into pan.

Layer the popcorn flavors in a large pan.  My 13x 9 x2 was too small so I put them in a roaster pan.  Make sure you butter the pan.


Turn pan out on parchment or waxed paper.


Cut into large blocks.  I used both a serrated knife and an electric knife -- this was the only semi-difficult thing to do as the bars are very thick.


I thank you for dropping by Red Couch Recipes and I hope you make these for someone you love.

26 comments:

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Very Cute! And full of colorful flavor. :)

Jamie said...

beautiful!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

They are fun Joni, bet the kids love them:@)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great idea for the kidlets - young and old!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Joni, What a very cute idea! Great fun!
Yvonne

Pondside said...

How cute! You always have the greatest ideas!

La said...

This looks like such a fun recipe for summer picnics. It sounds very tasty too.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Joni ... you are so clever girlie :)

Blessings!
Gail

Jen said...

such a cute idea, haven't seen this before!

Jacqueline said...

Wow, these pack a color punch and I like them cut too, so pretty and unusual!

Sue said...

I love these, Joni!

Debbie said...

What a great idea! It's easy but so much more tasty and fun than plain old Rice Krispie bars.

Of course, I'm one who loves even the plain ones!

Cindy said...

My sweet grandkids will be here for the 4th. I think we will make this! So fun.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Another Winner!!! Thank you SO MUCH! I have a few boxes of "jello pina colada" that may be tasty for the middle layer... "YUMMMMY"!!!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Hugs
Donna

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

This is my first time on your blog. It is wonderful. I love your patriotic popcorn! I am always sending treats to my son who is away at college. He will love these. Thank you!!

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

How wonderful! These look perfect for a 4th of July party!

Marlis said...

Yuuuummmmyyy!!! Boy that would be a quick one to take to work too.. thanks for sharing. Many blessings, marlis

Beth said...

Cute, cute, cute! Colorful too. You are such a creative cook, Joni.
blessings, Beth

btanders said...

Cute idea!!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

One of my favorite cook books is a Jell-o book! It is so much fun! Linda

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

AWESOME!!!! You are the best at posting easy treat for the holidays with real panache! Thanks for yum my grands will eat up...Happy 4th.

Anonymous said...

I was looking for something for the 4th and our huge family reunion- My husband family gets together every year $th for fun and food! I'd love it if you shared this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would make a great addition to the party!

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

How fun! I'd love for you to share this at my link party... I am doing a post about red, white and blue treats and this would be perfect!

janice15 said...

This is amazing can't wait to make it with my grandchildren...thank you for sharing it..it looks so pretty..love your blog site. Janice @ spoonwither.blogspot.com...have a great day.

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

You are so clever, Joni. I love this festive idea. We love this kind of easy treat in my family.

Ashleigh said...

I love Jello Popcorn!!! I've never done a patriotic version, and I LOVE how you cut them into bars! Genius!

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