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Festive Candied Popcorn

Festive Candied Popcorn

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  • Makes: 16 servings
  • Prep 25 mins
  • Cook 33 mins to 38 mins

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  • 12 cups popped popcorn (1/2 to 3/4 cup unpopped)
  • Salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 -4 drops food coloring (optional)


  1. Remove all unpopped kernels from popped corn. Salt popcorn, if you like. Place the popcorn in a greased 17x12x2-inch baking pan. Keep warm in a 300 degree F oven while making syrup.
  2. For syrup mixture, butter the sides of a heavy 1-1/2-quart saucepan. In saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture boils, stirring to dissolve sugar (about 8 minutes).
  3. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, until thermometer registers 300 degree F (hard-crack stage), stirring occasionally (about 25 to 30 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat. Remove thermometer. Carefully stir in vanilla and food coloring, if you like. Pour in a thin stream over hot popcorn; stir gently to coat. Cool. Using gloved hands or a wooden spoon, break into pieces. Store tightly covered or in plastic bags. Makes 16 (1-cup) servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Festive Candied Popcorn)

Servings Per Recipe 16, carb. (g) 30, cal. (kcal) 122, chol. (mg) 0, sodium (mg) 8, Fat, total (g) 0

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