While staying at our family’s house in Washington, my sister sister-in-law Donna decided to have a shark attack movie night. She rented Jaws II and made Captain Jack’s Shark Attack Popcorn. We turned out the lights to watch this “scary” movie. I think the music was the scariest thing about it. The kids mostly laughed at the outdated special effects and had a great time trying to predict who would get eaten next. We were scarfing the popcorn down faster than Jaws could eat that poor water skier and her mother. This popcorn is delicious. My nephew Jack said, “Auntie Robin can you put this recipe on Big Red Kitchen?” You betcha man! Can’t turn down a request like that.
So low and behold when we got home one of our TV stations was running the Jaws Marathon. We planned our own Shark Attack night to watch Jaws III, the one with Dennis Quaid. Meh, pretty lame but when you have two little boys in the house all that stuff just ROCKS! I made the Captain Jack’s Shark Attack Popcorn and Shark Attack Italian Sodas. The kids had a blast pouring the “blood” in their seltzer.
1 cup popcorn kernels, popped
In a medium-sized sauce pan over medium high heat, melt the first four ingredients, stirring constantly until melted and bubbly, about 8 minutes. Place popcorn in a huge bowl and pour red sauce over popcorn stirring frequently to cover all the kernels. Place on a large jelly roll pan, it will be piled high and bake in a 250 degree oven for 15 minutes. The original directions say one hour but it didn’t really need it and I was hungry for crying-out-loud! Let cool and break apart into bite-sized pieces. Serves a crowd.
Fill a tall glass halfway with crushed ice. Fill the glass with seltzer water leaving about and inch head space for the “blood”, ahem, syrup. Pour in about one ounce of syrup and watch the “blood” spread through the water. The kids go nuts for this stuff.
This “pour” shark ate too much of this popcorn and went belly up. Poor buggah. I remember watching the first Jaws as a kid and it scared the pee out of me, I about had a stroke when that head fell out of the boat. The music was something else as well, what suspense. Living at the beach in Jersey, I was petrified of being eaten by a shark but our sharks were tiny but could still do some damage. The only thing that attacked me while I was swimming was a crab who was doing the backstroke while I was doing freestyle. I had no idea the things ever surfaced to swim but this one did and boy oh boy I think he released all his claws and legs I screamed so loud (they’ll grow back.) The boy next door was always trying to attack me too. Remember him, Ma?
PS- My kids got those sharks in their Shark Attack drinks at Glory Days Grill, they use Sprite though. I think the Italian Soda is more sophisticated which is very important during an attack.
Come back on Monday for Chocolate Abundance Part II: The Chocolate Flower Farm. You won’t want to miss it. Super simple and delicious recipe included!