A long time ago I saw an idea for painting popcorn on Living Locurto. They used a milk and food coloring paint, which is technically an edible paint, but I wanted to paint popcorn with something that would leave the POPCORN edible. Not JUST edible though, DELICIOUS!
So we used
to paint our popcorn
I've always used powdered egg whites to make our royal icing.
This is the basic recipe for Royal Icing
3 tablespoons of egg white powder (also called Meringue Powder)
-4 cups powdered sugar
-6 tablespoons of water.
-A few drops of food coloring.
I can't remember the exact amount, but I thinned it up a bit with extra water. Just enough so that it wasn't so thick that he couldn't paint with it.
**Though I haven't tried this, if you may be worried about the egg whites in the recipe, as an alternative I'm pretty sure you could try melting regular store bought icing to use. It may harden faster, but i'm sure you could have some fun with it before it did! **
He painted the popcorn a few different ways...
with a paintbrush and I also gave him a dropper to drizzle on the "paint"
When he was done with his little pile, it looked like this. Beautiful! It also smelled delicious!
We took a few bites as it was, but it still needed to "dry"
After he was done painting, I made another batch of popcorn.
We did ours on the stove, the "old fashioned" way.It's so fun to watch it pop like this!
and then I used what was left of our Royal Icing Paint to drizzle on the rest of the popcorn.
We let it dry for a few hours before digging in. The popcorn didn't stay AS crunchy as I had hoped, but it was still yummy and the kids did NOT care how crunchy it was. They cobbled this down!
It was a bit addicting I must say..and so pretty too!
The colors made me think of Easter, so we may try this again in April, but there are all sorts of fun colors you could try this with and adapt it for lots of holidays!
Here are some other fun things we've done with popcorn...
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