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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This was a total experiment that actually turned out pretty good. I discovered this is great as a party food or used as a filler for treat bags at a birthday party. You can switch out the sprinkles to match the party theme, because really...who DOESN'T have their sprinkles matching their party decor, right? Anyway...this was a FUN little sumpin'-sumpin' to throw together. Sweet and delicious!

Cupcake Popcorn


2 bags microwave popcorn ~ popped
2 cups superfine sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup white cake mix ~ sifted
Cupcake sprinkles

Transfer the popped corn to a large bowl, removing any unpopped corn kernels.

In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and water.  Stir over heat until the sugar has dissolved.

Bring to a boil and boil uncovered for about 12 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Cook to the hard crack stage, about 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can drop a teaspoon of the candy mixture into a glass of cold water and if the mixture cracks, you're good to go.

Remove the candy mixture from the heat. .

Pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn and stir quickly to coat the popcorn with the candy.

Working quickly, sprinkle the sprinkles into the coated popcorn.

Sprinkle the cake mix over the coated popcorn and give it a good toss.

Spread the popcorn on waxed paper to cool. Separate the popcorn as it cools with a couple of forks.

Allow to dry completely. Store in an airtight container.

Let's get started.

Combine the water and sugar.

Boil to the "hard crack" stage.

Pop your popcorn, separating 
the duds and fluffies.

Sift your 1/4 cup cake mix.

Pour the sugar mixture over the 
popped corn then add the sprinkles. 
Lastly, add the sifted cake mix. 
Spread to cool and harden. 
Then eat!