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Rainbow Popcorn

Prep Time:

10 minutes

Cook Time:

7-10 minutes


4 Servings


About the Recipe

Imagine a burst of colors dancing in your hands as you prepare to indulge in a whimsical snack that combines the best of both worlds - sweet and salty.
Let me take you back to a sunny afternoon, where I found myself in the midst of a spontaneous kitchen adventure. Determined to add a touch of magic to my kids movie night, I embarked on a journey to produce a rainbow in a bowl: easy rainbow popcorn. Using my kettle corn knowledge, I added an extra flare with a few drops of food coloring.
Little did I know that this simple concoction would transport me to a realm of pure delight and create a lasting memory. It was a symphony of flavors and hues, a perfect fusion of childhood nostalgia and a vibrant palette.
With the sound of popcorn kernels popping in the background, I gathered sugar, food coloring, and the ever-reliable home-popped corn. As the colors swirled together, I marveled at the transformation, knowing that a sensory feast was about to unfold.
The resulting rainbow popcorn was a sight to behold, a kaleidoscope of shades that shimmered like edible confetti. Each bite was an explosion of texture and taste, with the familiar crunch of popcorn embracing the delicate sweetness from the sugar, creating a harmonious balance that had my taste buds singing with joy. This whimsical creation has since become a staple at gatherings, sparking conversations and igniting smiles.
So, join me on this delectable journey, where sweet and salty meet in a celebration of fun, and let the magic of rainbow popcorn brighten your day.


1/2 cup Popping Corn Kernels (makes about 10 cups of popped corn

3 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

Granulated Sugar (about 10 tablespoons)

Food coloring (colors of your choice)

Salt for flavoring


Start by popping the popcorn kernels using your preferred method. You can use an air popper, stovetop method, or microwave according to the instructions provided.

I usually use a large saucepan on the stove, heating up my oil and kernels. Make sure to cover the pot with a lid and to shake the kernels around fron time to time to prevent burning.

Once the popcorn has been popped, evenly separate the sugar into separate bowls and add a few drops of food coloring to the sugar. I used 5 bowls with about 2 tablespoons sugar per bowl and 5-6 drops of food coloring. Use a spoon to mix well to ensure even distribution of the color. Start with a small amount and gradually increase until you achieve the desired vibrancy of color.

Divide the popped popcorn evenly into the number of colors you have decided to create (in my case it was about 2 cups of popped popcorn per color). This will allow you to color each portion separately.

Next, work in batches to melt the colored sugar over medium heat with 1 teaspoon of water. When your sugar has desolved lower the heat and add a batch of popcorn to the pot. Toss well until the pop corn is coated. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and lay out on a baking tray to cool and for the sugar to set. Once cool, add it to a large bowl.

Repeat this step for each color making sure to wipe out any remaining colored sugar before adding the next (this will prevent the colors from mixing and becoming muddy).

Once the popcorn has dried slightly, it is ready to be served.

Feel free to experiment with different colors and combinations to create your own unique rainbow popcorn. Just remember to adjust the amount of food coloring accordingly to achieve your desired intensity of colors.

Now, sit back, relax, and savor the magic of your homemade rainbow popcorn.

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