RECIPE: Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn

RECIPE: Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn #homemade #party #treat #snack
Candy popcorn is a tasty treat you might remember your grandma or great-grandma making. My mom remembers her grandma making this every christmas. What I love about this recipe is the color! You can make your popcorn any color you like. I chose pink and green and it turned out so pretty and delicious. The taste is similar to kettle corn, but sweeter. This would be a great snack to serve at parties, baby showers, or birthdays.

RECIPE: Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn #homemade #party #treat #snack

Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn
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Adapted from Cooking Classy
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 6
  • ⅔ cup popcorn kernels, popped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup half and half
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Food coloring
  • Special Tools:
  • Candy thermometer
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Pour popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl, set aside. In a saucepan whisk together sugar, half and half, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Heat mixture to 232 degrees, stirring occasionally. Once it reached 232 degrees, remove from heat and mix in the vanilla and food coloring. I recommend adding a few drops of coloring at a time until you get the color you want.
  3. Drizzle mixture over popcorn. Gently stir until mixture is evenly coated. Pour onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Stir popcorn mixture well, and then bake for another 6-8 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake. You don’t want your popcorn to lose its pretty color and turn brown.

RECIPE: Old-Fashioned Candy Popcorn #homemade #party #treat #snack


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    Hi Ladies 🙂
    I just wanted to let you know that I included Adventures In Making in my June Paperchase post- a round-up of all the most interesting and inspiring things I’ve come across that month. Thank you for the inspiration!