9 cups popped popcorn
1 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
2 tablespoons blueberry preserves
10 drops each of red and blue food coloring
Divide popcorn into three separate greased bowls.
Combine corn syrup and butter in 1 - quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Continue without stirring to hard ball stage.
Hard ball stage: When a small amount of boiling mixture dropped into very cold water forms a hard ball. If you insist on taking on taking its temperture, it should reach 250 degrees F.
Pour 1/3 cup corn syrup mixture over popcorn in one bowl. Stir to coat evenly.
Pour 1/3 cup corn syrup mixture into large cup or bowl. Stir in strawberry preserves and red food coloring. Pour over second bowl of popcorn. Stir to coat evenly.
Stir blueberry preserves and blue food coloring into remaining mixture in pan. Pour over third bowl of popcorn. Stir to coat evenly.
Cool, then mix together in large bowl for red, white and blue effect.
Microwave Method: Combine corn syrup and butter in a 2 quart glass casserole. Microwave on high 2-3 minutes until mixture reaches hard ball stage (see above). Stir every minute. Continue as above.
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