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EASY Candied Popcorn Recipe

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.  

blue candied popcorn filled in small paper bags

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!

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.

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.


pot with sugar, butter and blue jello

How to make candied popcorn

Step 1

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!

bowl with blue popcorn with rubber scrapper

Step 2

Once you have it mixed well, you’ll need to bake it.  Spray your baking pan with olive oil 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 recipe made four servings since a bag or microwave popcorn has 2 servings each.

blue popcorn on baking sheet sitting on stove

It’s very sticky!!  My hands and countertops were both blue!

hand with sticky hands

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.


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Easy Candied Popcorn

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.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword popcorn
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly- Keeping Life Sane


  • 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.


Tip 1
Don’t forget take out the unpopped kernels of popcorn before adding the candy mixture.
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Recipe Rating


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