Goblin's Orange Popcorn Recipe
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Goblin's Orange Popcorn Recipe

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Your little goblins will love to munch this tasty, colorful popcorn that features a crispy crunch and sweet flavor. Donna Higbee, Sandy, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 drops yellow food coloring
  • 4 drops red food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 185 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 171mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Place popcorn in a very large bowl. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the sugar, corn syrup and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla and food coloring. Pour over popcorn; toss to coat. Transfer to two 15x10x1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight containers. Yield: 4 quarts.
Originally published as Goblin's Orange Popcorn in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p27

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MaryJFisher 230475
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2015 Edited Oct. 4, 2015

"Great recipe! I added orange zest for flavor. The second time I made it I added orange flavoring in addition to the orange zest. Incredible!!! I can't wait to try different flavors and colors!"

SweetTreatLuver09 115559
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2012

"Loved how easy this was to make! I always loved this sweet flavored popcorn as a child. :) I Will def. be making this again! Oh! I btw, I did double the recipe to make sure ALL of the popcorn was covered, my first batch was only partially covered. :)~ Other than that, PEFECT!"

myndilori 175144
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"People at my children's school beg for this popcorn now. I change the color to match the seasons. Delicious!"

jameebooz 115558
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"This is so yummy! I use microwave popcorn, and its so easy."

Elizabeth Lombardi 175421
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"Thanks for the GREAT recipe! I have used it a number of ways including as appreciation gifts for 100 volunteers! I recently went to a gourmet popcorn shop and was not impressed. Your recipe is my friends' favorite!"

PuppydogJammies 175420
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2008

"so cute! i'm going to make this for Christmas & use red & green food coloring in place orange!"

corinnaot 179602
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2008

"I made this for halloween and almost ate it all myself. I had to make another batch for the party. I am going to make it for movie night at our church. We are watching Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. I am going to do a few batches with different colors to go with the theme. FUN!!"

7gkmfyh3 176978
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2008

"This recipe is a keeper! I will make this every halloween for my grandchildren AND adults. Not too sweet but just right. The color is FUN."

jameebooz 160732
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2008 Edited Oct. 29, 2010

"I tried this recipe, and it was delicious. It was a delightful cross between caramel corn and kettle corn. It was the perfect sweet and salty snack. YUM!"

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