Easy Candy Popcorn
Happy Valentine’s Day week everyone! It’s been so fun these last couple of weeks to share pink, purple and red treats with you and this week I have a couple more Valentine’s Day treats to help you celebrate the day of love! And I am so excited to share this delicious Easy Candy Popcorn recipe with you today!
I have never made candy popcorn before, let alone make popcorn over the stove. I have always microwaved the yummy buttery snack. So I was a little nervous when the kernels began to pop because I thought the lid of the pot was going to shoot up like a rocket, scary! I was relieved when the popcorn was all popped and nothing blasted off like a rocket.
This candy popcorn is covered in a Kool-aid candy mixture, topped with sprinkles and tossed with Sixlets (you can find them at Wal-Mart). Super simple to make and the combination of sweet and salty makes it a fantastic snack or put the candy popcorn in little treat bags for a cute Valentine’s Day treat. Enjoy!
Easy Candy Popcorn
Yield: 16 cups
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 16 cups aired popped popcorn (1/2 cup kernels)
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter (5 1/3 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 packet unsweetened Kool-Aid drink mix
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 225F degrees. Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Cut butter in a few pieces and place it in a medium-large pot over medium-low heat. Add corn syrup and sugar and stir until butter is melted. Increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to keep mixture at a simmer stirring constantly, for 3 minutes.
Remove pot from heat and stir in Kool-Aid and baking soda. Once mixed well, pour immediately over popcorn and stir until it’s all coated. Spread popcorn onto prepared baking sheet and cook for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Top with sprinkled and Sixlets immediately after it comes out of the oven. The heat from the popcorn mixture will help "stick" the sprinkles and Sixlets to the popcorn. Cool completely and then break into chunks.