Have you ever heard of Skittles popcorn? It is the perfect marriage of a salty snack and a sweet treat. It is also super easy to make!
I’m sharing #Skittles in my life as part of a Skittles® and Dollar General sponsored series for Socialstars™
I don’t know if you knew it or not, but Skittles® is not just a sweet treat. I did not know that they had a sour variety (and as I type this, I am feeling that twinge you get in the back of your taste buds when you eat something sour – and I love it)!!
I am actually a sucker for things that are sour. I absolutely love those sour flavors. The way you find this on Skittles® is on the outer shell. It is coated with a sour sugary mixture and the minute it hits your tongue, your taste buds wake up and start to dance! Of course, not everyone in my family is into many things sour, so I wanted to find a treat that we would both enjoy.
I walked around the kitchen and opened the pantry. At about that same time, my youngest asked me if she could have microwave popcorn for a snack. That is when it hit me! Why not make sugary Skittles® popcorn!?!
I knew how to make a simple syrup and decided to melt the candies into the mixture. I also popped fresh unsalted and unbuttered popcorn. I actually bought a bag and popped it on the stove myself because I did not want to take a chance of the butter or other flavors from the microwaved bag interfering (but you can use microwave if you would like).
Once mixed well, I poured the melted mixture over the popcorn and mixed well. Then, I spread it onto waxed paper to allow them to cool. Well, at least I did that for some of the popcorn.
As were busy in the kitchen, we were all talking about the new Captain America: Civil War movie and how they wanted to make sure we saw it. That movie gave me an idea — I decided to take our Skittles® candied corn and turn it it into something along that same line. I created cherry candy popcorn balls and had them battle sour grape candy pop corn balls.
My family and I thought that was so much fun. And as much as I wanted the sour variety to win – it did not. I was defeated. Guess they proved to me that it is always better to be sweet! 😉
As we talked about the movie I knew that taking our whole family was going to be pricey, so being smart with our money, I wanted to see if there was any possible way for me to save. Lucky for me – there was!
When purchasing 5 participating Wrigley’s products from Dollar General from May 5 – May 19, 2016, you can get a $10 Fandango Movie Credit! That is the cost of one ticket!! For me, that’s a great discount. After all, I will buy those products anyhow, so why not turn it into a bonus for me and have a family night out at the movies?
Make sure that you also get your Dollar General Coupon for your Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer (runs May 5th – May 16th) so you can find your Sweet and Sour Skittles® to make your very ownSkittles® Candy Popcorn Balls!
Here is the recipe, so you can have fun creating yours with your own family. Just be prepared for lots of smiles and lots of fun!!
- 4 cups of popcorn (plain, unsalted)
- 4 oz butter or margarine
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup of Skittles® (make sure single flavor used
- Waxed paper
- Pop your corn according to package instructions. Place in a bowl and set aside.
- Rip a sheet of waxed paper (about 8 - 10" long) and lie on your counter.
- Melt butter and brown sugar on the stove on medium heat. Stir frequently to avoid scorching.
- Pour in the Skittles® candies. Stir until melted (you might need to mash them down to help them dissolve).
- Once done melting pour the hot candy mixture over the top of the popcorn.
- Use a spatula and fold in the mixture throughout the popcorn until will covered.
- Dump the popcorn onto the waxed paper and spread thinly to allow to cool.
- If you wish to make popcorn balls, allow mixture to cool for 3 - 4 minutes (or until you can touch it). Then, spray cooking spray or butter your hands and form the popcorn into balls shapes. Set aside.
- Allow all to fully set (around 15 - 20 minutes)
- Store in airtight containers for about a week