Patriotic Candy Coated Popcorn Recipe

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Patriotic Candy Coated Popcorn is a perfect combination of sweet and salty. This colorful snack works great for both patriotic celebrations and snacking at home.

Patriotic Candy Coated Popcorn Recipe

Equipment Needed

Patriotic Candy Coated Popcorn Recipe From Val's Kitchen


  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 ½ cups sweet cream butter, divided into thirds measuring 1/2 cup each
  • 3 cups sugar, divided into thirds measuring 1 cup each
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup, divided into thirds measuring 1/4 cup each
  • 1 ½ tsp salt, divided into thirds measuring 1/2 tsp each
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract, divided into thirds measuring 1/2 tsp each
  • 1 tsp red food coloring
  • 1 tsp blue food coloring
  • 1 tsp white food coloring
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda, divided into thirds measuring 1/4 tsp each
  • 2 cups red, white and blue m&m’s
  • 1 bag of patriotic chocolate covered pretzels
Patriotic Candy Coated Popcorn Recipe From Val's Kitchen


Preheat the oven to 250 degrees f.

Place your popcorn evenly on two large baking pans covered with parchment paper.

In three medium saucepans over medium heat.

Add 1/2 of each of the following ingredients to each saucepan.

Add butter your butter first and melt.

Stir in sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt into both saucepans.

Bring to boil while stirring constantly.

Boil without stirring for 4 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Split the mixture into 3 small mixing bowls.

Add your food colors one in each bowl.

Mix all bowls until the mixture is evenly colored and combined.

Stir in baking soda.

Mixture will double.

Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir to combine and evenly coat.

Place the popcorn in the oven.

Stir the popcorn every 15 minutes for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven.

Let cool for about 5 minutes.

Mix in 2 C of the Red, White and Blue M&M’s Mix in the Patriotic chocolate covered pretzels (Found at Sams Club)



Sim @ Sim's Life July 6, 2020 - 2:24 pm

Oh how fabulous! Not only will it taste divine and be a fantastic snack for July 4th and beyond, but the popcorn mix is so colourful! 🙂 Hope you had a lovely July 4th weekend!

Louise Joy July 6, 2020 - 2:35 pm

Oh my gosh, this sounds so tasty! I absolutely love American candy and sweets so I think I’ll definitely be making this!

Claire July 6, 2020 - 6:02 pm

Ohhh these looks so good! I adore popcorn because it is so versatile!

I did a Christmas mince pie once and that was amazing. I think I’ll be giving this a go x

Yeah Lifestyle July 6, 2020 - 8:42 pm

These look so pretty and perfect for the 4th of July celebrations. A great idea which I know my kids will love as they totally love popcorns

Liam | Whatthedadsaid July 7, 2020 - 9:25 am

Weve never tried this before, my kids like Popcorn but have never really got into coated ones, so this is well worth try, great post!

Kira July 7, 2020 - 9:36 am

Oh now this is definitely up our street . We are all big fans when it comes to anything to do with popcorn . Think this will be on the cards this weekend

Kara Guppy July 7, 2020 - 4:06 pm

They look so colourful and fun. Bet the kids love them

Melanie williams July 7, 2020 - 4:19 pm

Oooo now this is our kind of thing for sure. We love our popcorn, so why not colour it, I love this idea x

Niraj Shah July 7, 2020 - 6:49 pm

I love popcorn! And this recipe doesn’t seem to complicated either, so I am very tempted to give this a try!

Hollie Burgess July 7, 2020 - 7:28 pm

Oh wow! This is great fun for the kids, will need to give it a go!

Jenni July 7, 2020 - 7:48 pm

Oh my goodness, how amazing does this look! I love it! My daughter would love it.

michelle twin mum July 7, 2020 - 9:48 pm

Wow that is certainly colourful. Just perfect for a 4th July celebration I expect. Mich x

Rhian westbury July 8, 2020 - 12:12 pm

Wow they really are bright and colourful, perfect for 4th July. Hope you enjoyed your day x

Mr Emilio Marcos Sierra July 12, 2020 - 2:38 pm

Wow, these look absolutely incredible! Candy-coated popcorn sounds amazing! Hope you had a wonderful day and thanks for sharing 😀


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