I mean, why NOT candy corn popcorn?
Because what this is really about is how to make perfect COLORED popcorn – in any color(s) you want.
Which I’VE wanted to do since I saw this Tasty video for rainbow popcorn. I thought it would be super cute to do a Halloween version, and chose candy corn colors – as I do – for this post.
And it was a MASSIVE fail. The colors ranged from dull to burnt, and didn’t even begin to coat all the popcorn evenly. I really should have taken pictures to show you, but it was too depressing to look at for another minute.
That said, I didn’t want to give up. And since the ingredients were relatively inexpensive, and I already had the food colors, I gave it another try.
Okay, I gave it TWO more tries. And the third time was the proverbial charm.
Best of all? The third time was also the easiest. Because you color the popcorn AFTER it’s popped, which makes the whole process less messy and the results more consistent.
Obviously this technique can be applied to any color combo you liked – Christmas, Hannukah, Fourth of July, even a gender reveal. And it scales up beautifully if you need more. Because when don’t you need more popcorn????
Let me know if you try it!
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 bottle each orange and yellow gel food coloring (I like this)
3 teaspoons coconut or vegetable oil, divided
6 tablespoons water, divided
Pop your popcorn any way you like and divide it among 3 bowls. Place 1/3 cup sugar into each of 3 small bowls. Place 2 drops of yellow food color in one bowl and 2 drops of orange in another; leave the third one plain. Stir with a fork till the color is completely incorporated.
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees; line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place 1 teaspoon coconut oil, 2 tablespoons water and the plain sugar into a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring till sugar is completely dissolved. Pour over one bowl of popcorn and stir till well coated. Transfer to your prepared baking sheet, spreading over one third of the sheet.
Place another teaspoon coconut oil, 2 tablespoons water and the yellow sugar into the saucepan and heat as above. Pour over another bowl of popcorn and stir to coat; transfer to the baking sheet.
Repeat process with remaining ingredients. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool completely before serving (break up any pieces that have stuck together).
This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver