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St. Patrick's Day Popcorn Recipe
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St. Patrick's Day Popcorn Recipe

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Everyone's eyes will be smilin' when they see this candy corn with an Irish twist. "The green color gives the snack instant holiday appeal," nods Karen Weber of Salem, Missouri.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 4 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 to 10 drops green food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 139 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 138 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Place popcorn in a large roasting pan; keep warm in a 250° oven. Meanwhile, in a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugars, water, corn syrup, vinegar and salt. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 260° (hard-ball stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in butter until melted. Stir in food coloring. Drizzle over warm popcorn and toss to coat. Cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 6 quarts.
Originally published as St. Patrick's Day Popcorn in Country Woman March/April 2002, p17

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Reviewed Mar. 10, 2013

"Good and festive. Added some nuts and some Easter colored candy corn. Also drizzled it with white chocolate. For some reason though it didn't dry out (even after cooling for many hours on the counter) and stayed kinda chewy. Perhaps I will try baking it in the oven like caramel corn next time."

Reviewed Aug. 17, 2012

"I didn't care for this very much...thought it stuck to my teeth too much and was a little overly sweet; my 6 year old loved it, though!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012


Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

"very tasty and fun to make, my kids loved it, so did I!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"Great flavor and very festive for St. Patrick's Day. I made this for my husband's Silver Sneakers Class at the YMCA."

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