Candied Popcorn Recipe for Parties – Gourmet Popcorn for a Crowd!

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Candied Popcorn Recipe - a delicious fall treat perfect for holiday parties

Candied Popcorn Recipe – Gourmet Popcorn for a Crowd! 

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 various colors, 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.

This is such a fun way to make a gift for someone who loves gourmet popcorn, and it is also the perfect make ahead treat for school parties or Holiday parties. You can make the popcorn in whatever color you want. You could do blue and green – or whatever colors your favorite football team wears – and use it for a game day party. If you are using for a Seahawks game, we even have free printable Popcorn cones you could put it in here. We made this recipe for a Fall party, but you could do it for Christmas by making the popcorn green and red too, for example.

There are only a few ingredients needed. Popcorn is very affordable, so if you have some of the other items already in your pantry, it can be a super way to treat a crowd on a budget too.

Candied Popcorn Recipe:

Ingredients Needed to Make Candied Popcorn:

Ingredients for 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}

Directions:

Spread out popcorn on wax paper or parchment paper

Making candied Popcorn

In a large pot, bring sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil.

Mixing ingredients for Candied Popcorn recipe

Boil for 2 minutes.

Adding color to candied popcorn ingredients

Food coloring for candied popcorn

Add baking soda, vanilla and food coloring {or flavored kool aid packet} to mixture .

Pouring mixture onto popcorn for candied popcorn

Pour Sugar mixture over popcorn.  Mix it all together.

Candied Popcorn in process

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 too (caramel, cheddar, etc). Great gift idea that your kids can get involved in to make for the neighbors, teachers, friends & more for fall, Christmas, spring & more. Just change up the colors of the popcorn for any season or holiday!

Printable Recipe for Candied Popcorn:

Candied Popcorn makes a fun treat to give to others or serve at a party.

Here’s a printable version of the Candied Popcorn recipe for you to print off to put in your recipe binder or notebook.

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Candied Popcorn Recipe

This candied popcorn recipe is an easy treat to make a large batch for a party or gift. Change up the colors for any season or holiday.

  • Author: Jen

Ingredients

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  • 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}

Instructions

Spread out popcorn on wax paper or parchment paper.

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 .

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

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