Candy Flavored Sugar Popcorn

Candy Flavored Sugar Popcorn

It’s national popcorn day! I wanted to come up with a fun recipe to share with you all today to celebrate. I ended up adapting the Sugar Crunch Popcorn recipe that has been living in my archives for a long time and happens to be a family favorite from way back. I’m talking about decades, people. My mom used to make it on Sunday nights when I was a girl. It’s quick, easy and extremely kid friendly. A friend of mine mentioned that she had made the original recipe and added candy flavoring. Such a great idea, yes? I gave it a try, and the popcorn turned out great. You can make a batch in about 10 minutes (plus 30 minutes for it to sit and set up), so I made a bunch of different flavors. My kids loved it; my cute primary (activity day) girls loved it too.

Candy Flavored Popcorn from Jamie Cooks It Up!

For a complete picture tutorial for the Sugar Popcorn Recipe, click HERE. For the Candy Flavored Popcorn recipe keep scrolling down…


These are the candy flavorings I used. You can order them at Amazon, or purchase them at any cake decorating/candy making store (like Orson Gygi, for you locals).

Candy Flavored Sugar Popcorn

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: about 12 cups


1/2 C popcorn kernals
1 C sugar
3 Tb water
1/2 tsp food coloring
1/2 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp candy flavoring (bubble gum, root beer, watermelon, cinnamon...what ever you like!)


1. Pop the popcorn according to package directions. Pour it into a large bowl and sprinkle with salt.
2. Into a medium sized sauce pan place all other ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Allow it to boil for one minute.
3. Remove from the heat and pour over the popped pop corn.
4. Immediately place a lid securely on the bowl, turn it upside down and shake it vigorously until all the popcorn has been coated.
5. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes.


This fun popcorn is best served the same day it is made.

Recipe adapted from my Mom, Pam Willahan


You can make several batches for a fun kids party!


For you LDS readers, it would be fun to make them to represent the Young Women’s Values!


There are a lot of possibilities with this one!

Candy Flavored Popcorn

Several of my blogging friends have put recipes together to celebrate National Popcorn Day.


Don’t they look fantastic! The recipes are linked below, as well as a few from my archives to round out the total number to 29.

Churro Popcorn from Ashlee Marie
Avalanche Popcorn from Real Mom Kitchen
Pretty In Pink Popcorn from Butter With a Side of Bread
Jalapeno Popper Popcorn Balls from The Stay at Home Chef
Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn from Kara’s Creations
Samoa Popcorn from Like Mother Like Daughter
Snickers Caramel Popcorn from The Baker Upstairs
Black Pepper Parmesan Popcorn from Life Made Simple
Easy Homemade Kettle Corn from Yummy Healthy Easy
Chocolate Caramel Crunch Popcorn from Summer Scraps

A few more from my archives…

Cinnamon Bear Popcorn
Crunchy Candy Bar Caramel Popcorn
White Chocolate Popcorn
Peanut Butter Popcorn
Toasted Coconut Caramel Popcorn

…and a few more from friends…

Kettle Corn from Real Mom Kitchen
Caramel Apple Pie Popcorn from Real Mom Kitchen
Big Batch Caramel Popcorn from Butter With a Side of Bread
Cinnamon Glazed Popcorn from Creations by Kara
Movie Theater Popcorn Mix from Like Mother Like Daughter
Movie Night Popcorn Bar from Ashlee Marie
Fall Snack Mix from Life Made Simple
M and M Caramel Popcorn from Summer Scraps
Butterfinger Popcorn from Like Mother Like Daughter
Peppermint Popcorn from Butter With a Side of Bread
Popcorn Cake from Butter With a Side of Bread
After School Peanut Butter and Honey Popcorn from Real Mom Kitchen
Microwave Caramel Popcorn from Real Mom Kitchen


Post a comment!


  1. 1
    January 19, 2016 at 11:11 am

    This is such a cute and fun idea! I love rootbeer barrels (why have I never tried rootbeer flavoring!?) and this popcorn sounds awesome! I love all the possible flavors!

  2. 2
    January 19, 2016 at 11:53 am

    love candied popcorn! and the colors are beautiful!

  3. 3
    January 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

    jamie- i am not sure if i am the only one but i cannot see your posts on chrome or internet explorer ? not sure why 🙁

    • 4
      January 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Hi Anne,
      Thanks for your feedback! I’m having a bit of technical difficulty. Would you be willing to go to my home page and click the refresh button on your computer. I think that should solve the problem for you.

  4. 5
    August 14, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    So when I pou red the mix over the popcorn it basically melted the popcorn. Should you allow the mixture to cool before pouring it over the popcorn?

  5. 6
    March 19, 2017 at 8:13 am

    This is amazing! Can you use microwave popcorn? And to Marlena’s question , how do you keep it from making the popcorn soggy? Thanks for sharing!!

    • 7
      March 20, 2017 at 11:39 am

      I haven’t ever used microwave popcorn, but I think it would work out fine for you. I would just suggest omitting the salt, as the microwave version will most likely have plenty. Also, in regards to the “soggy” question. It’s not really a problem. The sugar coating firms up pretty quickly.
      Best of luck!

  6. 8
    Shauna M.
    October 23, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Hi Jamie~ You mentioned that this recipe is adapted from your mom’s Sugar Crunch Popcorn recipe. I just printed out both and noticed that in this one (the candy flavored) you did not include the 2 Tbps. butter–is that correct? No butter in the Candy Flavored Popcorn? Thanks! (will also PM you–hoping to make this today!)

  7. 9
    May 7, 2018 at 8:18 am


  8. 10
    January 29, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    If you are using Lorann Oils for flavoring it’s quite strong I reduced from 3/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp. I also added 1-2 Tbsp more water. I made three batches and it melted the sugar best and dispersed best when had a little more water. Tastes great and fun recipe thank you!

    • 11
      December 28, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much! My poor son was getting so frustrated trying to make this for Christmas gifts and couldn’t figure out what we were doing wrong. Couldn’t get it to coat properly. The extra water really did the trick!

  9. 12
    August 28, 2019 at 8:50 am

    What’s the best popcorn kernels to use for this thinking about doing it as favors for my baby shower

  10. 13
    November 7, 2019 at 1:34 am

    can this mixture be added to a concession machine?

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