Tonight is the Big One’s Boys Scout troop and patrol meeting.  It’s the transfer of power, as he’s stepping down as Patrol Leader after his six month term.  In honor of this event, the Monkey and I made some snack food that is scout inspired with a sweet and festive Halloween twist.  GORP (“Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts”) a a popular hiking snack food for scouts and many outdoors people.  This version is a little sweeter, and contains less protein, but it’s perfect for an after meeting treat.  What’s more, I made it using the Boom Chicka Pop Lightly Sweet popcorn that I colored in pretty fall colors.  It took me a little while to learn how to color popcorn after it had popped and without added too much sweetness, so I thought I would share some secrets to making fall colored popcorn!My Mom Made That: Colored Popcorn Halloween Gorp (Learn how to Color pre-popped popcorn to make a festive snack for the fall and halloween!)

When I saw the Boom Chick Pop Lightly Sweet Popcorn, I thought of all of those wonderful colorful bags of popcorn that I had seen at local street fairs.   I wonder if I could color the popcorn myself to recreate the look.  I like sweetened popcorn, but sometimes the Kettle Corn is too sweet for me.  The Lightly Sweet flavor of Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn really isn’t that sweet, but it isn’t savory either.  Unfortunately, a lot of the methods for coloring popcorn involve really sweetening the flavor through the addition of corn syrup, or using butter.  These methods wouldn’t maintain the Lightly Sweet flavor of the popcorn or would make it too sticky for my Halloween/Fall GORP.

My Mom Made That: Colored Popcorn Halloween Gorp (Learn how to Color pre-popped popcorn to make a festive snack for the fall and halloween!)

While I was at the store, I bought a bag of pretzels.  (The Monkey wanted the square kind.)  I also got peanut M&M’s, so we’d get a little protein and a little chocolate, and a package of candy corn.

For coloring, I used Powdered Food Coloring, rather than the little bottles that you buy at the grocery store. The powdered kind you can buy at the cake decorating store, but you can also order it online. The powdered food coloring reduced the amount of liquid that I needed to use, so the popcorn wouldn’t become soggy. I also was able to get a true brown and a vivid orange, which takes a little more trial and error with the little bottles at the grocery store.

My Mom Made That: Colored Popcorn Halloween Gorp (Learn how to Color pre-popped popcorn to make a festive snack for the fall and halloween!)

First, add approximately 1 1/2 cups of the Lightly Sweet flavor of Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn into a quart sized zippered bag. In a small ramekin mix 1/4 teaspoon of the powdered food coloring and 8ml of water. (I know this is not my usual measurement system, but I was using a syringe to be more precise for this project.) I then poured the mixture into the bag, and shook the bag around. Shake it a lot, and move the popcorn within the bag to allow the color to coat the kernels. Then I added another round of coloring to the popcorn– each of the 3 bags of popcorn got two helpings of their respective color, brown, orange or yellow.

My Mom Made That: Colored Popcorn Halloween Gorp (Learn how to Color pre-popped popcorn to make a festive snack for the fall and halloween!)

After doing this for each of the 3 colors, we used an entire bag of the Lightly Sweetened Boom Chicka Pop popcorn, the Monkey’s hands were bright orange with smudges of brown, and we had colorful popcorn like I have seen at the fair. We mixed in the square pretzels, Peanut M&M (in matching colors!), and the candy corn. This is really a perfect dessert GORP– the flavor of the popcorn retained its original Lightly Sweet taste. The food coloring did not change the texture or flavor of the popcorn, but it was a perfect First Day of Fall, and Are you Ready for Halloween treat for the Big One’s patrol!

My Mom Made That: Colored Popcorn Halloween Gorp (Learn how to Color pre-popped popcorn to make a festive snack for the fall and halloween!)

 

What are your favorite snack foods for the fall?  If you like popcorn, then I have a great giveaway from Boom Chicka Pop popcorn for your!  By sharing how you like to eat popcorn this fall on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram, and using the hashtag #BringTheBoom, you are entered for a chance to win one of three Halloween kits (including an array of fun treats and prizes, and could include things such as trick or treat bags, glow bracelets, stay-at-home popcorn & bowl kits, and BOOM pumpkin carving kits), a $50 Target gift card and free BOOMCHICKAPOP popcorn (either a Sea Salt or Sweet & Salty multipack).

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