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Blue Jelly Bean Popcorn

2012 October 15
by admin

I remember the first time I learned about literary synesthasia.  Basically, it is when authors use a color to describe something that cannot be seen and therefore has no color.

I learned about it whilst studying The Great Gatsby in my junior high school year.  Dr. P. if you’re reading, HI!  You taught me a lot!

Recently I ran into it while reading Born on a Blue Day, a memoir about the life of someone living with Aspberger’s.


Commonly, we all know this type of literary synesthesia as being green with envy.  Ten years ago, the Omnivore used literary synesthesia when he named his dog Blue.

Blue was rescued from a shelter 10 years ago and this Saturday we’re having a party to celebrate her nice, long life.  She’s not a pip squeak of a dog and we know the bigger ones don’t age so wonderfully but our dear Blue zips around this farm like she’s a toddler.  But she’s going to be 10!


Ten years ago, the Omnivore wandered into the local animal shelter, heartbroken over the loss of his previous dog – his first dog – Maisey.  My husband walked up and down the aisles of dogs.  Finally he noticed two little shepherd pups were kenneled together in a cement run.   He looked at them through the chain link fencing and commented to the shelter worker that he had no idea which one of those pups he should take.

“The right dog will choose you.  Just got in there,” the worker advised.

Quietly my husband opened the cage and slipped into the kennel.  The two puppies’ personalities could not have been more different from one another.

One dark pup bolted from the back of the cage toward the Omnivore, putting her little paws on his knee and kissing his face.  She was making the choice for the Omnivore; that’s for sure.

Another little tan pup sat in the back of the kennel, though, quiet and reserved.  She was almost shaking with fear but finally got the courage to leap forward to the Omnivore, reach and and kiss him on the nose.  She swiftly retreated to safety.

The Omnivore glanced back at that tan pup and said, “I’ll take that one and name her Blue but she’ll never be this sad again.”

This month marks Blue’s estimated 10th birthday so we’re having a party in her honor.  The theme of the party came easily and this blue popcorn is one of the snacks I’ll be serving.  Popcorn is the only human food that Blue gets to eat so it seems fitting to serve it at her party.

This stuff is sweet, addictive, and most importantly, Blue.  Jellybeans are dissolved in water and then poured over popped corn.  The mixture is baked until it is completely dry and then allowed to cool before eating.  It is an irresistible, fun snack!

Blue Jelly Bean Popcorn (adapted from Rachel Ray via Taste and Tell)


5 cups plain popped popcorn (I used this method)
1/2 cup blue jelly beans
1/3 cup water
pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine jelly beans and water.
  3. Heat over medium-high heat until Jelly beans dissolve and water turns blue. Jelly beans will not dissolve completely.
  4. Strain blue liquid to remove jelly beans.
  5. Place popcorn in a large bowl and, while constantly stirring popcorn, drizzle blue candy liquid into the bowl.
  6. Stir and fold to combine completely. Add a few pinches salt.
  7. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until popcorn seems dry. It will remain sticky.
  8. Cool completely before serving.


  • Mandy

    Love the story and don’t want to criticize, but our vet said never give dogs corn of any kind. Much like humans, they don’t digest it well, and the little shards of the kernels can rip up a dogs intestinal tract. Just what we’ve been told/read.

  • preventionrd

    Such a sweet story!! Happy Birthday, Blue!! We chose Lily, our bulldog, because she peed in the lawn versus the cage :)

  • Hill!

    I love this story — and the recipe to go along with it. Enjoy your celebration with Blue!!!

  • Kate

    1) Literary synesthasia makes me think of the “mean reds” from Breakfast at Tiffanys.

    2) I adore popcorn, and this sounds like a nice twist on kettle corn.

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  • Whitchick28

    Hearing about how the Omnivore picked Blue made me cry a little inside. How sweet. AND: I cannot wait to try this!! This is like the colorful popcorn we used to pop at your house all the time growing up! I have been telling Mike about it. He never ate/saw it when he was little. YAY!! COLORED POPCORN!