This rainbow popcorn recipe is made using Jello for color and flavor. It's delicious and colorful and perfect for rainbow party food!
Begin by popping popcorn. You'll need 10 cups of popped popcorn (Amish popcorn is our hands-down favorite kind) which can be popped using an air popper or however you prefer. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread popcorn out on top of the parchment paper and set aside nearby.
Grease a 2-quart saucepan with butter to prevent the mixture from sticking. Combine butter, sugar, package of Jello, corn syrup and water. Heat until it boils and then continue to boil for about 3-4 minutes or until a drop of hot mixture dropped into a cup of cold water forms a rigid ball. Pour mixture over popcorn and stir until evenly coated.
Put popcorn pan into oven and bake 5 minutes. Stir and bake an additional 5 minutes. Remove from oven and spread on top of parchment paper to cool. Once it cools, break into clusters. Repeat for each color of the rainbow.
TO MAKE POPCORN BALLS: Follow directions until you spread mixture to cool. Allow to cool until you are able to handle them with your hands. Grease hands and form popcorn into balls. Allow to cool completely once formed into balls.
Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place. For popcorn balls, wrap individually in clear plastic wrap and tie shut with a ribbon.
*This recipe makes ONE color popcorn. Repeat recipe (and ensure you have enough ingredients) for each color of the rainbow.