This #SkittlesTourney sponsored post has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. Now who’s ready to watch basketball get even sweeter?
You know what I think of when I see Skittles? Basketball. Talk about your candied version of espresso! Plus, nothing needs more energy than watching our favorite teams race back and forth. And a great way to watch some b-ball is with Skittles Kettle Corn Bars!
Suffice to say, I love celebrating our favorite activities with food. And while I love a good popcorn ball, I’m getting much more partial to making popcorn bars now. When combined with the sweet, salty kettle corn seasoning it just makes basketball season sweeter!
So how do we prep for this game day recipe? Easy. After hearing who’s filling up the brackets – I headed to Sam’s Club and was craving my Skittles fix! I’d seen The Mommyhood Chronicles post online the other day…and that red colored pallet display was like a beacon! I found them as well…a huge 54oz bag of rainbow awesomeness.
Start with 1/2 a stick of butter. Set your flame on low, and slowly melt the butter. If it begins to brown, you’re flame is too high.
Next your going to break out the light Karo syrup. There’s a small bit of science to work this into awesome popcorn balls or bars. For starters, add 1/2 a cup to your pan after the butter has melted.
Now add 1/4 cup water and your kettle corn seasoning. This is really to taste. I don’t care for sickly sweet popcorn balls. And so I eyeball 1/2 a seasoning shaker into our popcorn treats instead of using regular sugar. This leaves some in the shaker for sprinkling over the finished product. Whisk in and turn up the heat to bring to a boil.
As you wait lightly butter your receiving pan. While still non-stick, who can ever have enough butter?
Once you’ve brought the mixture to a boil, test a drop of the mixture into a glass of cold water to see if it creates a ball. If it doesn’t, keep checking your boiled mixture until it does. When you see that glorious glob of goo form, you’re ready to drop in your popcorn and Skittles.
The great thing about making bars instead of popcorn balls? Its a little less hands on. I just pour the mixture onto my pre-treated bar pan. Using a buttered spatula, divide and press the popcorn into the bar compartments.
Now you just have to set it all aside and allow it to cool. As this uses Skittles, refrain from thinking you can pop it in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process. This is about basketball and not hockey. So we’ll need our teeth.