Lemon Cloud Popcorn Recipe
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Lemon Cloud Popcorn Recipe

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"I love the unexpected lemony flavor of this light snack," says field editor Trudie Hagen of Roggen, Colorado.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 4-1/2 quarts popped popcorn
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 153 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 129mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Place popcorn in two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Keep warm in a 225° oven.
  2. Meanwhile, in a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water; bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally until mixture reaches 290° on a candy thermometer (soft-crack stage). Remove from the heat; quickly stir in extract and baking soda. Pour over warm popcorn. Sprinkle with lemon peel; stir until well coated. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 5 quarts.
Editor's Note: 1/2 cup of unpopped kernels equals about 4 cups popped popcorn.
Originally published as Lemon Cloud Popcorn in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p53

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Sisco203 User ID: 1243302 51170
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"While I wouldn't exactly call this a "quick" recipe, it is definitely worth the time. It's absolutely delicious. I made it for Christmas gifts for my neighbors and they asked for the recipe. I used three bags of microwave popcorn and it worked out well. Also, be sure you pour the syrup fast or it will harden up on you in the pan and you can't re-heat it."

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