Homemade Gift Idea: Candied Popcorn

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This is one my two boys LOVE, mostly because they love popcorn, and what is better than popcorn than candied popcorn! :)  I found paper popcorn boxes at the dollar store and at our local Target .  We made the candied popcorn in two colors, red and green, and  then put it in clear gift bags.  We then placed the bags of popcorn in the popcorn box with a tag and a fun ribbon.

Candied Popcorn Recipe:

  • 12 cups popped corn
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter (no substitute)
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • Food coloring {if desired}


1. Spread out popcorn on wax paper or parchment paper

2.  In a large pot, bring sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil.  Boil for 2 minutes.  Add baking soda, vanilla and food coloring {or flavored kool aid packet} to mixture .

3.  Pour Sugar mixture over popcorn.  Mix it all together. Cool completely before packaging.

Helpful Hint: Use cream food coloring – it is less messy and more concentrated then drop food coloring.  You can also use flavored kool-aid packets to color and flavor instead of food coloring.

You could substitute your favorite flavor of popcorn for this fun treat idea (caramel, cheddar, etc). Great gift idea that your kids can get involved in to make for the neighbors, teachers, friends & more!

What are your favorite flavored popcorn recipes?


From Contributor: Sarah from Chickie Momma Crafts: