I LOVE ST PATTY’S DAY!!  Typically our office shuts down mid-day and we head to the Dubliner in Fremont for some green beers and day drinking.  BUT,  this year St. Patty’s is extra special because it lands on a Saturday, which means we can host an all day green extravaganza!

Melt the butter, sugar and light corn syrup in a saucepan on medium heat

We are going to start the morning off right with a brisk run- the annual St. Patty’s Day Dash– and then dive right into a green, gold and rainbow themed brunch for all our closest friends, co-workers and of course, family.

add the food coloring of your choice

I got most of my shopping done today (at the Fred Meyer’s in Ballard) and will reveal recipes as I go!  Because we have two sleeps until the big day, I had to pick something that would last until Saturday so I went with Green & Gold Candied Popcorn.

Green & Gold Candied Seattle Popcorn

I have seen a lot of different recipes on Pinterest for Green Popcorn but I got my helpful tips from The Iron Chef Mom.

You will need:

First, preheat your oven to 250 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Melt the butter, sugar and light corn syrup in a saucepan on medium heat until all the sugar has dissolved and the mixture starts to boil.

Turn off the heat and add the baking soda and salt.  It will start puffing up- which is what you want it to do- so keep stirring for about 15-20 seconds and then add the food coloring of your choice.  Start with just a few drops and then add as you stir it in.  I learned the hard way and I am sure our guests will all leave with green tongues……sssshhhh, our secret ;0)

Pour the mixture on top of your popcorn and mix thoroughly coating the all the popcorn.  Then evenly spread it on your baking sheet and pop it in the oven!  You will want the popcorn to bake for a total of 30-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes or so.

Pull the sheet out, let it cool and serve OR store in an airtight container!

Happy St. Patty's Seattle!