Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree

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“I looked out the window and what did I see? Popcorn popping on the apricot trees!”


Except at my house it’s the blossoms on my peach tree. They are beautiful and smell so great. I love spring! I am so excited at the prospect of those blossoms becoming peaches. I can hardly wait!

While driving around town, my three year-old started pointing out the “popcorn” on all the trees. He excitedly pointed left and right as we passed many trees in bloom. He was very curious about the popcorn on the trees. (“Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree” is a children’s song if you haven’t heard of it.) When we got home he asked if we could make popcorn balls (which is also part of the song). I was feeling like a good mom that day, so I said “Yes.” Then I made him do all my bidding, while I used the popcorn balls as leverage.

“We can only make popcorn balls if you eat all your lunch.”


“We can only make popcorn balls if you pick up your jammies and put them in the hamper.”


“We can only make popcorn balls if you stop sitting on your little brother’s face.”


Usually he gets tired of obeying and forgets whatever had been requested, but this time, he kept complying. So I kept demanding. It was a good day!

We finally made popcorn balls. I wanted them to be pink, like my peach tree blossoms, so I made candied popcorn using Jello. It turns out I only had peach flavored Jello in my cupboard. So that’s what I used. It was more of an orange than the pink I wanted, but it’s close enough right?  I did the actual making of the popcorn balls since I didn’t want him to get sticky or burn himself on the coating. But he did have fun watching  the popcorn pop and he ate all the pieces that flew out of the bowl.

I made my own tree with popcorn blossoms.


Do you see what I did there? With the trunk and the blossom? Maybe squint a little.

The kids were distraught that after we made this delicious treat, we could not eat it until I had taken pictures.

Happy Spring!

Candied Popcorn


  • 10 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package (3 ounce) Jello, whatever flavor or color floats your boat


  1. Heat oven to 250. Line a baking sheet with sil-pat or parchment paper
  2. Make sure popcorn is in a very large bowl. You need room to stir it around.
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Turn to low and boil for 5 minutes. Add Jello and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Immediately drizzle over popcorn and stir gently until the popcorn is well and evenly coated.
  5. Now either work quickly to form popcorn balls and place on baking sheet or spread popcorn out evenly on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir the popcorn, if you didn't make it into balls, once while baking.

Recipe Source: Adapted from Kraft Recipes Jello Rainbow Popcorn

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