Delicious Green Colored Popcorn St Patrick’s Day

    Posted by  ·  March 7, 2018

    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.

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    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 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

    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




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    1. 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.
    2. 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
    3. 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!!!!
    4. 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!
    5. 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.
    6. 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...
    7. margot
      Friday, March 16th, 2012
      your recipe is featured on :-)
    8. 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!
    9. 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!
    10. 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?
    11. 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.
    12. Liz
      Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
      Does anyone know how long this stays good? Was thinking about sending it in a care package..
    13. 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!
    14. Monday, February 22nd, 2010
      I printed this out. I'm going to make this for St. Patrick's Day! Thanks it sounds yummy.

    15. 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!
    16. Friday, March 21st, 2008
      SO FUNNY, i think i will TRY this!

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