Confetti Popcorn Candy

wedding favors, birthday party snacks, baby shower snacks

Just in case anyone thought this was a healthy cooking blog, this post ought to clear things right up. I love a sweet treat, especially one that is as pretty as this confetti popcorn candy. This sweet, crunchy snack is so cute and so delicious, and the best part is it can be made in any colour you like; perfect for birthday parties, baby showers and wedding favors.

Just imagine all the colour combinations for different occasions:

Halloween - Orange popcorn candy with black sprinkles.
Christmas - Green popcorn candy with red and white sprinkles.
Valentine's Day - Pink popcorn candy with red shimmer sprinkles.
St. Patrick's Day - Green popcorn candy with green shimmer sprinkles.
Easter - Blue popcorn candy with pastel sprinkles.
Canada Day - Red popcorn candy with white sprinkles.
Fourth of July - Blue popcorn candy with red and white sprinkles.

So many options! Grab the recipe below and start celebrating...

wedding favor ideas, birthday party snacks, baby shower snacks

Confetti Popcorn Candy
Makes 8-10 servings

12 cups (2.5 L) popped popcorn
1 1/2 cups (375 mL) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) milk
1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla
red food colouring (or desired colour)
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) rainbow sprinkles (or desired colour)

Add the popcorn to a large bowl and set aside. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.

Pour the sugar into a medium saucepan. Stir in the milk, vanilla and 5 to 10 drops of food colouring (depending on how bright you want the colour). Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves. Turn the heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Maintain a full boil for 30 seconds, still stirring. Remove from the heat. Pour over the popcorn and toss with two large spoons to evenly coat.

Spread the popcorn out on the wax paper to cool. Sprinkle with the sprinkles. Allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before serving (it will become less sticky and more candy-like as it cools).

What colour combination would you make your Confetti Popcorn Candy?


6 comments:

  1. this is the coolest!!! i love it! xo

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  2. Yum! How far ahead can you make this? Will it keep?

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    1. You could make this a day or two ahead of time. The key is to store it in an air-tight container once it cools to prevent it from going stale.

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  3. To make a dairy free version would almond milk work with this recipe? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Stephanie,
      I'm not sure how almond milk performs under high temperatures, so I couldn't say whether that would work as a substitute. I suppose you could give it a try before pouring over your popcorn? Or just use water instead.

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  4. My middle son and I made this for a party yesterday. We had a problem getting the mixture on the popcorn as even as yours, but it was fun and a hit. I think I might try it with maple syrup to play with the taste a bit. So glad we finally tried it. Such a fun idea!

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