“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.
Recipe Source: Adapted from Kraft Recipes Jello Rainbow Popcorn