A festive take on a timeless treat is easy to achieve with the right ingredients. Popcorn kernels are hard and slick, so traditional grocery store food coloring will bead up on contact and not stick to the kernels and make a big mess. Instead, use icing tint by Wilton. Its thick consistency will “grab” the kernels and set for a fun colorful look.
Unpopped Popcorn kernels
Wilton icing tint
Zip lock baggie
Brown paper lunch sack
Pour kernels into zip lock bag. Dip the tip of a butter knife into the tint and smear the color on the inside on the bag. A little goes a long way! Too much color will make the kernels too wet and they will stick to the inside of the bag. You can play with ratios until you find the vividness of color to your liking. Seal the bag and shake, rubbing the bag between your palms to evenly distribute the color. Shake onto wax paper and spread out with a spatula. Let set for several hours. The color may remain somewhat tacky, so try not the handle. Use a funnel to layer into glass bottles.
Place 1/4 cup kernels in a brown paper sack. Fold down the top 3 times to secure. Place in your microwave and pop on high for about 1 minute 45 seconds or until frequency between pops in longer than 2 seconds. Microwave cook times will vary. Corn will be white with specks of subtle color. Yields about 5 cups of cooked popcorn.