Poptastic for the Golden Globes

With your star-worthy (& sustainable) table all set, your bubbly chilled and your TV tuned into the red carpet arrivals, I have a quick last-minute idea guaranteed to get your guests in the awards-watching mood. Popcorn, of course! What says movie-time better than a big tub of hot, buttery goodness…maybe a sweet or savory version or some other delish corny combo? In search of the perfect popcorn recipe, I found a great bundle of golden goodness on popcorn.org. It’s filled with great recipes divided into categories for all occasions. With a history of popcorn, resources for teachers, nutrition & calorie information all combined with the fun recipes & great pics, this is definitely a new favorite find of mine. Now POP to it!

Edible Popcorn Party Bowl

Ingredients
•10 cups popped popcorn
•1 1/3 cups sugar
•1 cup water
•1/3 cup light corn syrup
•1/2 teaspoon vinegar
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•10 drops food color, optional

Directions
1.Spray the inside of a large, stainless steel bowl with cooking spray and the outside of a 2nd large, stainless steel bowl; set aside.
2.These 2 bowls will be used to form popcorn bowl at end of cooking time. (Note: if one bowl is smaller than the other, spray the outside of the smaller bowl.)
3.Spray a 3rd large bowl with cooking spray and place popped popcorn inside; set aside.
4.Stir sugar, water, corn syrup, vinegar and salt together in a medium sauce pan.
5.Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and boil for 3 minutes to allow steam to wash down sides of pan. Remove lid and attach candy thermometer to pan.
6.Allow mixture to boil, without stirring, until mixture reaches 290º F. Stir in food color, if desired.
7.Working quickly, pour syrup over popcorn and toss with a large spoon until popcorn is thoroughly coated.
8.Pour popcorn mixture into first prepared bowl and use a spoon to push mixture evenly up onto sides of bowl.
9.Firmly press second prepared bowl onto popcorn to form popcorn bowl. Allow popcorn bowl to cool completely between stainless steel bowls.
10.To serve, tip popcorn bowl out and place on platter.
11.Fill with popcorn to serve.

After creating this pop-tastic centerpiece, make it the center for your DIY popcorn bar by setting out martini or fun, stemless glasses and having different toppings on hand for guests such as:

Popcorn salt & pepper
Nuts (pine nuts, peanuts, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
Pretzel sticks
Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc.)
Grated cheese
Chocolate chips or M&Ms
Cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg

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