Creepy Candied Corn

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 60 min.


7 quarts

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
I couldn't stop eating this popcorn when I first tried it at a friend's party. My generous pal offered the recipe, and now I often take it to gatherings. Color your corn an eerie green hue to add a spooky effect at Halloween. —Courtney Wilson, Fresno, California
Creepy Candied Corn Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3 packages (3.3 ounces each) butter-flavored microwave popcorn
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 5 drops green food coloring, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Pop popcorn according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to 2 very large bowls; discard any unpopped kernels.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and butter. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and, if desired, food coloring. Pour over popcorn and toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans.
  4. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Remove from pans and place on waxed paper to cool. Break into clusters. Store in airtight containers.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 151 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 125mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.