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    Green Candied Popcorn {St Patrick's Day}

    Posted by  ·  March 11, 2011

    How about a sweet Friday Flashback? This green colored popcorn makes a yummy and fun  treat for St. Patrick’s Day!


    Green Candied Popcorn

    4 quarts popped corn
    1 1/2 Cups sugar
    1/2 Cup light corn syrup
    2 Tablespoons butter
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional, does make mixture slightly more creamy)
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    green food coloring (I used about 1/8 teaspoon Wilton paste color in Kelly Green)

    In heavy saucepan on medium heat melt butter then add sugar, corn syrup, cream of tartar and salt. Increase temperature to medium high and bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Once mixture boils, add in food coloring and stop stirring. Boil for 5 minutes (Do not stir). Mixture should be about 250-260 degrees. Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla and baking soda. Working quickly and while mixture is foamy, pour mixture over popped corn and gently stir to coat popcorn. Place popcorn into a large roaster or rimmed baking sheet (lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray) and bake at 200° F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

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    1. Valerie J moran
      Saturday, July 11th, 2015
      I like new recipes.
    2. Christine
      Saturday, March 8th, 2014
      Is the Wilton paste color, the candy chips? Please be more specific..not sure where to buy. I know Joann has Wilton products. Please help, I'm making this for my work in 3 days...thanks!!!!
      • Monday, March 10th, 2014
        Hi Christine, Wilton pastes are the food colors in the tiny plastic tubs. It is a gel paste. You could also use Americolor gel pastes. Be careful to not overcook as it will turn brown quickly. A candy thermometer is key!
    3. Nita
      Thursday, March 14th, 2013
      Be very careful when boiling it for 5 minutes without stirring it!! I tried it and its very hard to not burn it!!
    4. Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
      Love this, and my kids would love to make it with me! Thanks for sharing!
    5. Candice
      Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
      I was just wanting to ask if any type of popcorn can be used? Or what exactly ome of you used? Thanks :)
    6. Sherii
      Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
      I made popcorn balls with this recipe for work pot luck. A BIG HIT! :)
    7. Teresa
      Thursday, March 1st, 2012
      Thank you soooo much for sharing. We tried this today on our first snowday! My daughter & I had a great time making it and it is very yummy.
    8. Lauren
      Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
      This looks so yummy! I was wondering how far in advance could I make this for my St. Patty's Day party? Could I make it a day in advance? Thank you!!
    9. Yvonne
      Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
      My grandmother taught me to make this when I was a kid. Her recipe is so much easier. For large bowl of popcorn use about 1 to 1and a half cups of powdered sugar in a sauce pan. Add enough water to be able to stir all the powdered sugar into a thick liquid.Not too mush water. Add coloring of choice. Cook on high, stirring the whole time. Cook until liquid boils, keep cooking and stirring, checking for liquid to be at hard ball stage. ( just drop a little in water,and if it makes a ball you are good to go) Pour mixture on popcorn and mix well. Let cool, about a minute, and eat up. I can't hardly get my youngest to wait the minute befor she is eating. It is so easy. Not an exact science recipe like so many of those favorites passed down through the generations. Try it and tweak it to your liking.
    10. Sunday, February 19th, 2012
      This popcorn is just perfect for a snack on St. Patrick's Day. I hope you don't mind, I just couldn't help but feature it in my St. Patrick's Day colorful and creative foods hub. You can see it here:

      Thank you for sharing!
    11. Thursday, February 16th, 2012
      Love the way this popcorn recipe looks! I have 2 boys and am always trying to come up with fun ideas for the holidays. Thanks for sharing! :)
    12. Thursday, March 17th, 2011
      Just made this. Could have boiled a little less than 5 minutes as it started turning brown, tastes great though. thanks for the recipe. I've bookmarked you to my favs.
    13. Thursday, March 17th, 2011
      I love this idea! Reminds of the popcorn balls we used to make when I was a child. Very festive!
    14. Meredith
      Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
      Just made this tonight and it's sooo delicious! The only problem I foresee is that I keep 'sampling' each 15 minutes and there won't be much left in the morning to surprise my daughter with!
    15. Monday, March 14th, 2011
      You don't have to stir the sugar to dissolve it - that only makes the process take longer. Just stir to incorporate, and then let the boiling do the work. I made this mistake with marshmallows until my brother, the chef, corrected me.

      We're going to make this for my son's preschool class. They're going to love it! (the teachers even die the toilet water green on Thursday... too cute, right!?)
    16. Sunday, March 13th, 2011
      Yum I made some of this at Christmas time with read jello. I love it.
    17. Sunday, March 13th, 2011
      Fun idea to celebrate being green on St. Patty's day!
    18. maria patrick
      Saturday, March 12th, 2011
      Thank you so much for posting instructions. I just made this tonight and it was a huge hit! I'm planning on making more, I at first was intimidated since I never made my own candy anything, but it was So simple , you can't fail! Believe me its sooooooooo good u should make two batches seriously:) thanks a bunch SKIP TO MY LOU !
    19. Saturday, March 12th, 2011
      One of my five year old twins has been begging for popcorn... this will hit the spot!

      Thanks for all the great ideas and suggestions you always share.
    20. Friday, March 11th, 2011
      Looks so yummy!!! Great idea!!
    21. Friday, March 11th, 2011
      This looks really fun and yummy. I need to get me some food coloring!
    22. Friday, March 11th, 2011
      This looks great! And I love that you presented it in a trifle bowl. I finally got one of my own and haven't put it to use yet- this would make a great food table centerpiece! :)
    23. Lindsay
      Friday, March 11th, 2011
      Hi Cindy! Love your blog and have gotten so many wonderful ideas from it. I'm tasked with fancy snack for my son's kindergarten on St. Patty's and am loving the green popcorn. The instructions look easy enough and the finished product is fabulous but... how foolproof is it really? Any helpful hints?
    24. Friday, March 11th, 2011
      We do this for xmas every year using the Wilton Candy melts in green, red and white