August 28, 2023Review Recipe
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Perfect for parties, this rainbow popcorn recipe is a fun, fruity, and colorful treat. Using jello makes it easy to add any variety of colors and flavors, turning simple popcorn into a rainbow that looks good enough to eat.
Rainbow Popcorn Ingredients
The vibrant colors of this popcorn make it almost too pretty to eat, but I promise you won’t be able to resist once you try it.
The flavor is a delightful mix of sweet and salty, with a hint of fruity goodness that makes it impossible to stop at just one handful.
- 9 cups of popped popcorn
- ½ cup of salted butter
- ½ cup of granulated sugar
- ½ cup of light corn syrup
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- 3-ounce packet of Jello or flavored gelatin
- ½ teaspoon of baking soda
⅓ cup of popcorn kernels yields approximately 10 cups of popped corn.
These directions and quantity of ingredients make ONE batch and ONE color of popcorn, repeat for as many colors as you would like to make.
Substitutions And Additions
ADDITIONAL COLORS: The ingredients listed will make one batch of colored popcorn. Make one batch for each different color you want in your rainbow.
POPCORN: Plain air-popped popcorn is the best choice for this fruity popcorn recipe. If plain microwave popcorn is available, pop two standard-size bags of popcorn per batch.
CANDY: You can make little cups of treats by adding your favorite candy in with the popcorn to have a sweet and fun snack.
How To Make This Rainbow Popcorn Recipe
Once you go through the steps to make one color of this tasty popcorn, you can make as many flavors as you’d like to create a colorful rainbow treat.
STEP ONE: Pour popcorn into a large baking dish, allowing plenty of room to stir the popcorn.
STEP TWO: Combine butter, sugar, corn syrup, and sea salt in a medium saucepan, then bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
STEP THREE: Once the mixture boils, stir in the contents of the Jello packet. Return the mixture to a low boil, then let it continue to cook without stirring for 5 minutes.
Keep an eye on it while it cooks. It should bubble during the full 5 minutes but not boil over.
STEP FOUR: Turn off the heat and add the baking soda. The mixture will foam up.
STEP FIVE: Pour the Jello mixture over the popcorn and stir it immediately to coat the popcorn evenly.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
Once it starts to cool, the candy coating sets fast. Stir it quickly and evenly into the popcorn to completely coat it before the mixture starts to cool.
STEP SIX: Bake at 250°F for 55 to 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.
After 45 minutes, check to see if the popcorn is ready by removing a small piece and allowing it to cool for a minute or two, then check the texture to see if the coating is dry and crisp. If it is still sticky, continue cooking for 5 to 10 minutes more.
If you don’t bake your popcorn long enough, it will be chewy. You can pop it back into the oven for a few more minutes if this happens.
STEP SEVEN: When popcorn is ready, remove it from the oven and immediately spread it on parchment paper to cool.
STEP EIGHT: Once it has cooled completely, break it into small pieces to serve or store. Repeat the process for additional colors and flavors.
How To Serve This Colorful Popcorn
This sweet popcorn would be such a fun surprise on movie night.
For even more rainbow fun, try our rainbow sherbet punch to drink.
Storing This Colored Popcorn Recipe
While best to enjoy this popcorn soon after it is made, here’s how to store the leftovers for a few days.
ON THE COUNTER: To prevent the rainbow popcorn from getting sticky, store it in a sealed container as soon as it is cool. It does not need to be refrigerated. It will stay crisp in an airtight container for 5 to 7 days.
IN THE FREEZER: Freezing rainbow popcorn is not recommended.
The candy coating on this colorful rainbow popcorn snack is so fun! If you make enough for a whole rainbow of flavors and colors, you can serve this delicious treat at a party and then send some home in individual Ziploc bags as cute, inexpensive party favors.
Frequently Asked Questions
As a guideline, ¼ cup of popcorn kernels yields approximately 7 cups of popped corn; ⅓ cup of popcorn kernels yields approximately 10 cups of popped popcorn; ½ cup of popcorn kernels yields approximately 15 cups of popped popcorn.
Rainbow popcorn will last stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
Rainbow popcorn should not be stored in the fridge as it will dry the popcorn out. It is best stored in an airtight container on the counter.
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- 9 cups popcorn, popped
- ½ cup salted butter, for each color of popcorn you want to make
- ½ cup granulated sugar, for each color of popcorn you want to make
- ½ cup light corn syrup, for each color of popcorn you want to make
- ½ teaspoon sea salt, for each color of popcorn you want to make
- 3 ounces Jell-O or flavored gelatin, for each color of popcorn you want to make
- ½ teaspoon baking soda, for each color of popcorn you want to make
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Spread popcorn in a 3 to 4-quart glass or metal baking dish, at least 9×13, but larger will make it even easier to stir the popcorn.
- In a medium saucepan, heat the butter, sugar, corn syrup, and sea salt over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Add contents of the jello packet to the saucepan and stir until fully combined.
- Bring the mixture back up to a low boil and leave to simmer undisturbed for a full 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in baking soda, the mixture will foam up a bit.
- Pour jello mixture over the popcorn and stir to coat as evenly as possible.
- Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, stirring thoroughly every 15 minutes. After the popcorn has cooked for 45 minutes, remove a piece from the oven and allow it to cool for a couple of minutes. Taste to determine if the coating is crisp and dry or if it is sticky. Continue cooking the popcorn for 5 to 10 minutes longer until it is no longer sticky when cooled.
- Remove the popcorn from the oven and immediately scoop it out onto parchment paper. Allow popcorn to cool and break into pieces.
- Repeat for additional colors and flavors.
- The ingredients listed above are for 1 color of popcorn. If you want to create rainbow popcorn as we did, you need separate ingredients for each color you intend to make.
- ⅓ cup of popcorn kernels yields approximately 10 cups of popped corn.
- Once it starts to cool, the candy coating sets fast. Stir it quickly and evenly into the popcorn to completely coat it before the mixture starts to cool.
- If you don’t bake your popcorn long enough, it will be chewy. You can pop it back into the oven for a few more minutes if this happens.