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Delicious Green Colored Popcorn St Patrick’s Day

Posted by  ·  March 4, 2019  ·  Last Updated: March 4, 2019

Green colored popcorn makes a delicious and fun St Patrick’s day treat.  Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see more St Patricks Day food ideas! Who would think you can make colored popcorn.  With this easy candied popcorn recipe, you actually make colored popcorn in a variety of colors!  The ingredients are simple and you probably have all them all in your pantry right in your pantry. Serve this along with some other fun St Patrick’s day treats for a festive celebration.

colored popcorn

How to make Colored Popcorn

A working candy thermometer is a must for making colored popcorn.  We are making candied popcorn and if the candy mixture gets too hot it will easily scorch and turn brown. While this recipe is simple to make it must be watched closely while cooking to prevent burning. You can make any color you like. We are making green popcorn today and using green food coloring? What color will you make?

4.1 from 11 votes

Green Colored Popcorn Recipe


  • 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  paste/jell  color in Green


  1. 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). The mixture should be about 250-260 degrees. Remove from heat and carefully stir in vanilla and baking soda. Working quickly and while the 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. Check often to make sure it doesn't burn. It should not change colors.  It is okay to pull it out early if needed.

grinch popcorn

Candied Popcorn

This candied popcorn is just like making caramel popcorn.  The difference is the type of sugar. Using white sugar, light corn syrup mixture and food coloring allows you to color the popcorn.  Caramel corn uses brown sugar which gives it that light brown color. If you want soft candy coating on your popcorn try this white chocolate popcorn. I promise you won’t be able to stop eating!

candied popcorn

First, you will need popped popcorn. We have a popcorn popper for this but you could also use microwave popcorn. Cook the sugar mixture in a heavy saucepan.  Place popcorn in a large bowl.  Remove the syrup mixture from the heat and pour over popcorn and stir to coat. Place the pop corn on baking sheets and bake for about an hour making sure to stir every 15 minutes.

This festive green colored popcorn would also make the perfect Grinch popcorn. Just add a few jumbo heart quins to the final stir before the mixture cools.

how to make colored popcorn

St Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

Easy rainbow cupcakes are perfect if you don’t want to color tons of frosting or cake. Just dip layers of frosting in colored sugar. Genius! Be sure to watch the video. It really is simple

Rainbow cupcakes with a pot of gold. Gum or candy can make the perfect rainbow, while a Rolo candy and gold sugar make a pot of gold.

Pot of gold cupcakes are made from pre-colored fondant and gold pained Oreos

Cinnamon sugar shamrock pretzels would make a great after-school treat and activity.  My kids love making pretzels

These mini grasshopper pies are a minty treat that uses my fave candy, Andes mints.

This minty easy ice cream pie is one of my go-to desserts.  Since it can be made ahead it is a great dessert for dinner guests.

Rainbow Food Ideas

Looking to serve of a colorful meal then be sure to serve up rainbow pasta! I love it!

Rainbow fudge would be a show-stopping dessert.  So vibrant!

Yes, please! Rainbow Pancakes!

Kids would love to wake up to rainbow donuts!

Slice and bake cookies are a bright spot for sure!

Rainbow grilled cheese would be a fun surprise!

Wanting a healthy rainbow food option for dinner? These rainbow vegetable sandwiches would be yummy!

I don’t know if I could stop eating this beautiful rainbow flatbread pizza!

A veggie rainbow is a perfect side to any St Patricks day meal.

And don’t forget the famous Shamrock Shake popular for St. Patrick’s Day!

shamrock shake




Leave a Comment


  1. Donna
    Thursday, March 14th, 2019
    Very good and turned out great. Thank you!
  2. Heather
    Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
    It didn’t take and 5 mins to get to the point it needed when boiling. I listened to that and when I looked at only 3 mins in it had jumped to 300. I’m up late and have to be up early tomorrow so I’m not happy about this. Also is there a reason it needs to go into the oven for an hour?
    • Cindy
      Saturday, March 16th, 2019
      Heather, possibly the burner was too hot? It is better to bring the temperature up slowing to not scorch the sugar. Once it gets close to 300 it does goe very quickly. I stand by and watch the entire process. Putting it in the oven helps to coat it evenly and also makes it crunchy and not sticky. If you skip the oven part please let us know how it turns out.
  3. Bethany Krafels
    Friday, November 8th, 2013
    Can anyone enlighten me on how this doesn't become one giant sticky glob? It's currently in my oven and is all globbed together (like popcorn balls would be... So I am at a loss on how I am supposed to turn it every 15 minutes.... Does it come apart when it cools?
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
      Bethany, check your candy thermometer. The mixture should be soft and pliable while in the oven. The candy coating hardens once cooled and can be broken apart.
  4. Monday, March 11th, 2013
    Just made this recipe and sending to daughter and crew at college... where any popcorn is always a hit
    Erin Go Bragh
    Also pinned this
  5. Beverly in Mississippi
    Thursday, February 21st, 2013
    I have made the caramel popcorn several times and it always turned out
    great. I think I will try the green for St. Paddy's Day! I appreciate all
    the great recipes you have shared through the last couple years. So glad I found your site. Keep up the good work!!!!
  6. Monday, February 18th, 2013
    thanks for this. I'm supposed to bring in the treat for the st. patty's day party in my son's preschool class. this may work!
  7. Sunday, April 1st, 2012
    Hi Cindy! Just stopping by with congratulations! Your project was in the top 5 most popular posts for March on Fun Family Crafts! Thanks for sharing your creativity and we hope you'll submit more.
  8. Monday, March 19th, 2012
    I made 2 batches of this--one blue, one yellow--and mixed them together for our cub scout Pinewood Derby today. A hit! I want to try adding flavor next time...
  9. margot
    Friday, March 16th, 2012
    your recipe is featured on www.facebook.com/pinkalicious :-)
  10. Laura
    Thursday, March 15th, 2012
    So cute!! We made this tonight but ours came out a yucky dark (not cute) green. It was fine and kelly green until we added the baking soda. Was my sugar too hot?? My daughter said, it still tastes good Mommy, and we're taking it to school tomorrow. Any help or ideas?
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
      Lauren I think your sugar got too hot. Toward the end the temperature can rise very quickly. So glad it still tasted okay!
  11. adriana
    Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
    I am going to try with melted WHITE CHOCOLATE instead of all the other ingredients to see. I've made red velvet popcorn for valentines and it was with white chocolate, and was absolutely amazing. You melted it then i would mix the green food coloring into the it, then throw it on top of the popcorn and mix. let it dry and enjoy.
    • Cindy
      Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
      That is a great idea. It would be like this amazing white chocolate popcorn. We call it crack corn.Believe me you can't stop eating it!
  12. Carrie
    Saturday, March 10th, 2012
    I don't know what I did wrong but mine came out brown :( I guess my mixture was too hot and burned maybe when I added the baking soda?
  13. Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
    Just stopping by to let you know that I've featured another great craft on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here:

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them. :) If you would like to display a
    featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.
  14. Liz
    Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
    Does anyone know how long this stays good? Was thinking about sending it in a care package..
  15. julie
    Friday, March 18th, 2011
    Yumm yumm yumm! I made this for st patricks day yesterday and it was great. The kids in my daughter's ccd class kept begging for more. It was easy to make too. I will definately make it again and again!
  16. Monday, February 22nd, 2010
    I printed this out. I'm going to make this for St. Patrick's Day! Thanks it sounds yummy.

  17. Sunday, March 30th, 2008
    Such a fun idea!! We colored sprite for St. Patty's dinner by adding a drop of green food coloring. But I'll be trying your popcorn next year!
  18. Friday, March 21st, 2008
    SO FUNNY, i think i will TRY this!

    Jen Ramos
    '100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards'
  19. Monday, March 17th, 2008
    that is awesome cindy!! love it!
  20. Monday, March 17th, 2008
    Hmm, that looks good in a weird sorta way. °Ü°
    Happy Patty's Day!