Who doesn’t love Candy Coated Popcorn? It is a universal favorite. Popcorn with traditional butter and salt is great. It’s nice with Caramel or cheddar. We even love it with marshmallows, but candy coated popcorn is one of our absolute favorites. Just ask a kid. The more colorful it is, the better it tastes!
Do you have memories of making candy coated popcorn with your mom or grandma? I do. My mom would let my sister and I stand on a chair next to the stove, taking turns stirring the hot candy syrup.
Once the timer rang, we got to add food coloring, which made it even more magical. Then we poured it over the top of our popcorn and began the agonizing wait for the candy to cool so we could take a delicious bite.
This rainbow popcorn would have been our favorite recipe. It combines all of the fun of candy coated popcorn with bright happy colors. It’s perfect for a unicorn themed party or even a rainbow theme.
You could hand out rainbow popcorn as a class treat for preschool or kindergarten, or give it out as party favors. Either way, the kids will love eating it just as much as they did making it.
Candy Coated Popcorn
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup popcorn
1/4 cup water
3 to 4 drops food coloring for each color
Pop popcorn. Set aside.
Add butter, water, food coloring, and sugar to a sauce pan and bring to a low boil. Stirring frequently, boil for about 2 to 3 minutes, until it thickens. Remove from heat. Let cool for about 3 minutes. Add desired amount of food coloring. Repeat for every color.
Drizzle over popcorn and toss lightly. Serve in large bowl or find some fun little containers to fill with this rainbow snack. Enjoy!
There is a lot to love about this recipe. First, it’s pretty. The second is, you probably have the 4 ingredients in your kitchen already. No extra trips to the store for this one. The other great thing about this recipe is that it is so easy to make. Kids will love to help or even make it all by themselves!
For Rainbow Popcorn:
Rainbow popcorn would be so fun for a rainbow themed preschool week, or a rainbow birthday party favor. To make this variation, make sure you have the colors of the rainbow. You can find them in most food coloring sets. Then pack the popcorn, into your bag or box, by color, doing rows of each one. You could even have a bit of plain white corn at the end for the clouds.
For Unicorn Popcorn:
For Unicorn Popcorn, I would stick with the bright pastel colors. Also, just after you finish pouring the candy coating on the popcorn, I would pour some candy sprinkles over the top. It will give it an extra pop of fun and yum. Kids love all things sprinkles, and it will be a total hit on Unicorn Popcorn.
Thank you for stopping by to check out our candy coated popcorn recipe. If you love how pretty it is and simple to make, pin it and share it with your friends. You never know when you might need rainbow popcorn for your little unicorn fans.
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