This EASY candied popcorn is perfect for your next sweet treat! It’s great for a party or just a movie night with the kids.
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I’m always trying out new recipes and thought I would try out sweet popcorn this past weekend for game day. My family and neighbors loved this so I’m adding it to my recipe book. It was pretty easy to do and loved the idea of sweet and salty.
EASY Candied Popcorn Recipe
I live in North Carolina so I thought I would go for some colors that everyone loves around here. 🙂 I just put popcorn in paper bags and everyone could just grab one when they needed a snack. The kids claimed most of them before the game even started!
Update: I go in and update my recipes every so often and I just happened to update this one the day after UNC lost to Kansas in the NCAA championship! (2022). Maybe if I did it before the game, then there would have been a better outcome.
You obviously don’t have to do blue, but you can choose any color gelatin that’s available.
This recipe would be a great treat for Easter or even a baby shower using pink and blue colors.
Kitchen tools for candied popcorn recipe
Baking sheet– I normally like a big cookie sheet for the oven but for this recipe, I like a smaller baking sheet that has sides so your popcorn doesn’t get all over your oven.
Stainless steel bowls– If you have read any of my other recipes then you’ll probably know that I love stainless steel bowls. I have them in all different sizes. They’re easy to clean and will last a long time.
Rubber spatula– Here’s a great set of four. I go through these like crazy. They are great for nonstick pots, pans and baking.
Ingredients for candy popcorn recipe
Popped Popcorn– You’ll want to use natural microwave popcorn bags. Make sure you don’t use the butter flavor or this will not turn out. Get unflavored. You can also cook your popcorn in an air popper or on the stove.
Box of gelatin– Pick the color and flavor you want to use.
Butter– Unsalted butter works best, but you can use what’s in your refrigerator.
Corn syrup– Some people have never cooked with corn syrup before and not sure what to use. Karo syrup works great for this recipe. Make sure to gt light corn syrup that’s clear, not syrup for pancakes!
Sugar– Regular white granulated sugar is used in this recipe.
How to make candied popcorn
Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Add in sugar, gelatin, syrup, and water. Once the sugar is dissolved and everything smooth, pour it over popcorn and stir thoroughly. It will be sticky!
Once you have it mixed well, you’ll need to bake it. Spray your baking pan with a nonstick spray. Turn the oven to 275F and bake popcorn for 20 minutes. Stop halfway through your time and stir. Once the popcorn is out it may stick together, so you’ll just need to break it apart. This is where the cookie sheet with the edges comes in handy!
Remember years ago when Mistos were popular? Well, I still have mine and used it for this recipe. I feel olive oil spray on your nonstick pan is the best choice.
This recipe made four servings since a bag or microwave popcorn has 2 servings each.
It’s very sticky!! My hands and countertops were both blue!
I cleaned up using Viva® Vantage® paper towels. They are great for scrubbing. I wet the paper towel and cleaned my hands. I also scrubbed my counters and it didn’t rip or tear up.
More food recipes you’ll love
- Honey Cinnamon Popcorn– This recipe is definitely a little cleaner than this candied popcorn!
- Caramel Popcorn
- Three Cheese Queso Dip
- Pub Cheese
- Minion Candied Popcorn Balls
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Easy Candied Popcorn
- 2 bags popped popcorn
- 1 3 oz box of gelatin Pick the color you want to use
- 1 stick butter unsalted
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 275F.
- Pop the popcorn according to package directions, take out the unpopped kernals and add to large bowl.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add in sugar, gelatin, syrup, and water. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
- Once sugar is dissolved, pour over the popcorn and stir until the sugar mixture had coated the popcorn.
- Pour popcorn into greased baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.
Thursday 31st of March 2022
How long does it last? I am making it for my daughter's preschool snack that is ocean themed. Can I make it the night before? Thanks!!
Thursday 31st of March 2022
Yes- Not before will work! Just store in air tight container as much as possible so it will stay fresh.
Wednesday 6th of January 2016
Is it still sticky after baking it in the oven? Or after it cools I should say. Thinking about making this for my sons bday party but I really don't want a bunch of sticky kid hands all over my house :)
Thursday 7th of January 2016
I wouldn't either. It's not sticky after it bakes. It's similar to caramel corn and hardens a little.
Friday 2nd of October 2015
We normally only do healthy popcorn, but this would make an awesome party treat! Thanks for linking up at #whatkidseatwednesday
Friday 2nd of October 2015
I think I will be making this for my son for afternoon snack today. But probably Ninja Turtle green.
Wednesday 30th of September 2015
What a fun idea for a tailgating party, I can imagine you can do so many different colors. Thanks for participating in this shop #client