SRC: Red, White & Blue Candied Popcorn

Red, White & Blue Candied Popcorn

by Holly on June 4, 2012

Last month for the Secret Recipe Club I made the Nutella Granola and one of my favorite comments on that post came from a lovely gal who found me through SRC and was in my same group. I hadn’t found her blog before and was thrilled that she found me because I loved it (and her) – thank goodness for SRC!  We have a lot in common (not the least of which is her obvious love of ice cream and especially the caramel/chocolate/pecan combination – aka Turtles! – seriously… I’ve never seen such a fantabulous collection of chocolate-caramel-pecan related ideas!).

It was therefore super funny to me when I received my blog assignment for this month and found out that my new BBFF (Best Bloggy Friend Forever) Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic was my assignment for June! Her blog is not only filled with awesome ideas and fantastic recipes, but her writing and humor are right up my alley and never fail to make me smile or really laugh out loud.


I had a hard time narrowing things down since she has so many recipes I wanted to try – most especially her Turtle Popcorn Gone Wild! – but the month of May conspired against me with the end of school to be just as crazy as the rest of the school year was. By the time school let out last Friday, I felt like I could finally take a breath – you know…. the breath right before I realized this meant I had the kids home all the time for the summer and then therefore just crashed!

Anyway, I realized that although I had been looking at recipes all month, I still hadn’t gotten my act together to make that insanely good looking popcorn covered in toffee bits, pecans, chocolate and caramel onto of the caramel candy coating – oh my!! So. I decided to try a version of another popcorn recipe she shares on her blog, which was originally for a pretty, pastel pink, old fashioned popcorn that Kim grew up with. I wanted to change the colors a bit in honor of the upcoming Independence Day holiday in case you wanted another patriotic treat idea to make.

This recipe was really pretty easy to make and although working with the sugar can take a little while on the stovetop to keep from letting it caramelize and still get to the right temperature, it was a really fun treat to make and eat. Thanks to Kim for the fun recipes to browse through and for inspiring a new fun treat that my boys loved!

Happy Summer!


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Kim Bee June 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

Omg Holly you got me too. I was so stoked to get your blog. You are so sweet. I was blushing when I read this. Isn’t it cool to find bloggers you connect with. I am thrilled we got to meet virtually last month. I am also thrilled to see you did popcorn. I love making this stuff. It’s just so much fun. Yours looks so vibrant and perfect for the American holidays. Love it! One of these months I am going to be assigned to a super healthy eating blogger who is going to hate me big time. My blog is like an 8 year old’s fantasy land. I think I have serious problems. I should seek help but I can’t move from all the sugar.

Maggie @ Kitchie Coo June 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Found you through Kim’s blog and love it already (really love the name of your blog too!). This popcorn looks tasty and would be a fun 4th of July treat! Great to “meet” you!

Lisa~~ June 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Very fun, I made candied popcorn too but I love how you went red, white and blue…I am so doing that for July 4th, great idea!

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry Candied Popcorn.

Cook Lisa Cook

Carolyn June 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Wow, looks so cool. Fun pick for the SRC. I love Kim’s blog.

susie June 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Yep, this says the 4th all over it…what a fun addition to all the picnic food!

Gretchen (Veggie Grettie) June 4, 2012 at 4:08 pm

What a fun idea for the Fourth!

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes June 4, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Such a fun idea for the holiday! My mom always made colored popcorn at Christmas.

Katrina June 4, 2012 at 10:13 pm

What a fun popcorn, like caramel corn but with fun colors. I love the added milk.

But I’ve really got to go see that Turtle Popcorn Gone Wild. One of my favorite combos, too. So please add me to you BBFF list. 😉

Shelby June 5, 2012 at 4:08 am

You did this beautifully! Definitely eye catching and you make me want to make some candied popcorn!

Tippi June 5, 2012 at 9:07 am

This is such a cute idea for the Fourth Of July! I have a recipe for red hot popcorn, and it was soo good! It would be great to do with this!

Mindy June 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

Because we’re often traveling abroad for the 4th of July, we don’t often celebrate it, but as luck would have it, we’re in town this year and will have visitors. I’m totally making this for our party! Thanks for sharing…great SRC choice!

Ash June 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Yummy this looks so good. I need to try it soon.

Love your blog

Check out my food blog if you haven’t already 🙂

Sandy @Southwestgirl June 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

What a great way to celebrate! I love your Secret Recipe Club, it sounds like such a fun way to get to know each other.

Beth January 16, 2013 at 10:48 am

Thanks for posting this idea. My church has an annual bake sale every Super Bowl weekend. The 5th and 6th graders provide the baked goods. I have 4 sons, so I will be providing food the next 8 years. I’m excited to make popcorn using the opposing team colors and sell in cellophane bags.

Holly January 17, 2013 at 7:13 am

That’s awesome Beth! Thanks for the great suggestion. I hope the sales are awesome! Good luck!

Donna September 25, 2013 at 7:27 am

Hi! Can’t wait to make this recipe for my son’s Spiderman birthday party this weekend. I”m wondering if/how it keeps if I make it the day before…. should I store in an airtight container? Or will it get chewy? What do you think? Also, how long did the whole process take from start to finish? Thanks so much for the awesome idea!

Holly September 25, 2013 at 9:46 am

Hi Donna! What a fun birthday party idea! Ok, so the longest part of the process is getting the sugar to temperature patiently so it doesn’t caramelize. For me (at roughly 4,000 ft altitude) that takes about 20 minutes. And working in the small batches is a lot easier (even though it takes longer if you are doing one pan at a time – if you need to double the recipe just cook the batches in separate pans. I learned that lesson the hard way recently since it took even longer to get to temperature and turning up the heat at all resulted in caramelized sugar I couldn’t color). So, to answer your question, for one batch it took about 40 minutes – getting my stuff together, popping the corn, measuring it out, making the sugar and coloring it. But you have to allow plenty of time after for drying. So, actually making it the day ahead would be a great idea! That way you can let it dry and crisp up for a couple of hours and then store it in an airtight container (big plastic bags like the turkey roasting bags work great!) that way when you are ready to store it it won’t be sticky at all (which if you don’t cook the syrup to temperature and try to cut corners it will be sticky). I hope that helps! It’s not that this is hard to make, you just do have to plan enough ahead time and be patient. I’d love to know how it goes.

Donna September 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

AWESOME! Thanks so much!!! 🙂

Nicole July 3, 2014 at 12:14 am

I made this and it tastes great, I’m not sure how you got the colors so vibrant though! mine was more pink, white and teal.

Amy R July 22, 2015 at 9:52 am

I want to make this for my daughter’s raggedy ann party next weekend. Since it has milk in it, does it have to me refrigerated?

Holly July 22, 2015 at 7:09 pm

A raggedy ann party sounds awesome!

Since the milk is thoroughly cooked in the candy syrup it doesn’t need to be refrigerated (and would likely be pretty soggy and icky). Good luck and happy birthday to your daughter!

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