Guest Post & Recipe Tutorial : Rainbow Leprecorn
In honor of celebrating my two favorite little Irishmen this St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to make a fun little snack! We recently have fallen in love with our own ‘home-brew’ of lightly sweetened kettle corn, and St. Patty’s Day seemed like the perfect reason to liven up our typical treat!
Ingredients for Rainbow Leprecorn:
- Popcorn kernels
- Coconut oil (although I bet another oil or butter would work well too)
- Salt (we like the finely ground popcorn salt the best)
- Powdered Sugar (powdered coats much better than granulated, but still tastes just as yummy)
- Food coloring
My trusty little Irishman was thrilled to spend some time beside Mommy in the kitchen. Shhh, don’t tell him that our time was also brimming with learning some basic math and science!
To lightly color our Leprecorn, we added three drops of food coloring per bowl… the basic food colors were three drops apiece, but for orange we added a double drop of red and a single drop of yellow, and for purple, we added a double drop of blue and a single drop of red! Easy peasy!
After we dripped every last drop that we would need, we added about a teaspoon of coconut oil to each bowl. Don’t worry – most of the oil transfers onto our lunch sack cooking bags! Oh, and just a little microwaving tip (ahem, learned the hard way) place a plate under the lunch sack when you microwave it, as it will keep the oil from puddling on your microwave floor! 😉 Yep, yep, you’re welcome!
To aid in mixing the oil and our coloring, we microwaved each bowl for 10 seconds, which helped ready our mixture for prime ‘stickability’ to our kernels!
Since we just *poof* made this concoction out of thin air, we just did our best to eyeball our measurements, but I’d say that we scooped about 1/4 cup of kernels into each color batch!
Shake it baby, shake it! YUM! We added a sweet little shaking of popcorn salt and about a heaping tablespoon of powdered sugar per batch/color of Leprecorn. Again, quite a bit of these two seasonings will adhere to the bottom of the lunch sack.
We prefer our salt and sugar to be mixed into our oil/color mixture before we pop it so that it coats evenly and kind of lightly caramelizes the Leprecorn as it heats and cooks!
This is what the mix will look like… but just hold on for about two more minutes and I PROMISE (with a little Leprechaun pinky swear) it will look far yummier than this!
Just look at those sweet little Irish hands helping his Mommy not to spill – my sweet little Irishman!
Finally, pour each color of Leprecorn into its own paper lunch sack, fold the top of the bag over two or three times and set the microwave to cook for 3 minutes. Listen for the sporadic popping to know when your Leprecorn is ready to eat! (*Our Leprecorn only seemed to take two minutes!)
Beautiful and festive… and tasty to eat! Enjoy – and happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours!
- Popcorn kernels
- Coconut oil (another oil or butter should work well too)
- Powdered Sugar
- Food coloring
Follow these instructions for each bowl/color batch:
- Add 3 drops of food coloring per bowl along with one teaspoon of coconut oil.
- Microwave the bowl for 10 seconds, then add about 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels, a shaking of popcorn salt and a heaping tablespoon of powdered sugar. Mix well.
- Gently pour the contents of the bowl into a paper lunch sack. Fold over the top 2-3 times, place on a plate in the microwave and cook for 2-3 minutes until the popping slows down.
- Allow to cool. Then enjoy!
ABOUT the COOK
The surprise guest poster is none other than Laura Webber of Sharpen Your Scissors fame. Many of you may remember Laura and her amazing money-saving posts. Now a mom to 2 adorable boys, she’s currently on a blogging hiatus. You can still enjoy her wisdom along with popular recipes like Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Chicken Stock (in the crockpot), along with other easy and inexpensive recipes and tutorials!
KRISTIN S says
is there a way to do this but not kettle popcorn? I would love a salty verison of this.
Yes, Laura says “add more salt and omit the sugar”
KRISTIN S says
wait… is coconut oil sweet?
Thanks, I used vegetable oil, thats all i had and it worked. The kids loved it and my 4 year old had fun helping. I would suggest watching the microwave, I lost 2 colors because I burnt them.
You can use any oil. We like olive oil. 🙂
LOVE this idea! I’m just thrilled to have a recipe for homemade microwave popcorn, but the colored version will make my 5 yr old very happy!
I’ve used I can’t believe it’s not butter. Also, I make mine in a glass bowl and use a cover that can vent (have an old plastic plate with holes drilled in it!!) That way no chance of glue from bag being transfered to popcorn. I usually add garlic salt to mine. Like the idea of the powdered sugar though. Plus coloring them is super creative and cute!
WOW…I thought that cute little boy face was familiar!!! Hurray…I love to see Laura as a guest post! Tell her we miss her!!!
I thought that cute little boy looked familiar!! Hurray!! I love to see Laura as a guest post. Tell her we miss her!
What a great idea! I thought that was Laura’s son and couldn’t wait till the end of the post to see if I was right. Loved her blog, hopefully she’ll come back when things are less hectic.