My daughter's 3rd birthday party is today. I made this popcorn last night and it's still perfectly crunchy today. It's really easy to make too. You can buy ready popped popcorn or make your own, and you can choose any flavour/colour of Kool-Aid you like.
Our party has a strawberry theme, but the store I was shopping at didn't have strawberry Kool-Aid, so I chose cherry instead. If I couldn't get the flavour right, at least it was going to be the right colour.
Kool-Aid Party Popcorn
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen
Makes 12 cups
12 cups popped popcorn
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup golden corn syrup
1/3 cup butter (mine was cold)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 packet Kool-Aid (your choice)
Preheat the oven to 225F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
In a medium non-stick pot, heat the sugar, syrup and butter over medium heat and cook for about 3 minutes. The sugar will melt and it will start to bubble. I couldn't take pictures of the process because I was alone and it came together so fast, there was no time.
While the sugar is bubbling, mix the baking soda and Kool-Aid together.
Remove the pot from the heat and stir the Kool-Aid mixture into the sugar mixture with a wooden spoon. It'll start looking fluffy and expand a bit so make sure your pot has room for this.
Pour the hot mixture over the popcorn and stir it up. Coat it the best you can, then divide the popcorn among the 2 baking sheets. Spread it out a bit.
Put the popcorn in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Remove the popcorn from the oven and let it cool for about 10 or 15 minutes. At that point it shouldn't be hot and should break apart easily. Store it in an airtight container.
I put mine in the little buckets that I'm serving it in at the party, and put the buckets in bags which I tied in a knot at the top.