However, for this St. Patrick’s Day, we decided that we wanted to branch out from the traditional green foods and try to do something different. (You know, go against the system!) After reading some books, we decided to make these yummy Pot-O-Gold Popcorn Bites. (Think: popcorn balls except a much smaller bite-size version.) I mean, who doesn’t dream of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, right? We even got creative and made a rainbow out of Airheads Extremes Rainbow Berry Sour Candy, which made the perfect rainbow for our pot of gold!
For this St. Patrick’s Day cooking project, we decided to pair it with The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan and illustrated by Nancy Cote, geared toward ages 6-8 (grades 1-3).
In the book, Roy G. Biv is a leprechaun who has lost his pot of gold. Roy asks little Colleen to help him build a rainbow so they can find his pot of gold. Colleen provides different items for Roy to build his rainbow, saving the day from rain and allowing the St. Patrick’s Day parade to continue!
(The name Roy G Biv is a play on the colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. It could be another fun learning tool to use from this book.)
St. Patrick’s Day Pot-O-Gold Popcorn Bites
- 1 Cup uncooked popcorn kernels
- 1¼ Cup butter
- 1¼ Cup honey
- ¾ Teaspoon salt
- 2 Teaspoons vanilla
- Cooking spray (for hands and pan)
- Extreme Rainbow Candy Tape (optional, for decorating)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Pop popcorn in an air popper and set aside.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter, honey and salt. Stir until butter has melted. Then, increase heat and gently boil mixture for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
- Pour honey mixture into a large baking pan coated with cooking spray. Gradually add popped popcorn to the mixture in the baking pan, stirring to coat as you go. Repeat the process until all popcorn is added to the baking pan and covered with the honey mixture.
- Bake popcorn for around 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until all of the popcorn is a golden brown color--taking care not to let it overcook.
- Remove popcorn from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes. Grease hands with cooking spray and work quickly to roll popcorn mixture into small, bite-size popcorn balls. Place each popcorn bite on wax paper to cool.
- After cooling, fill a small bowl with popcorn bites and add rainbow candy tape.
We used black salsa containers for our "pot" because they looked like a black cauldron, or pot!
The popcorn bites can be stored for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container!
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