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Goblin’s Orange Popcorn

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
    4 quarts


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 250° for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight containers.

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  • MaryJFisher
    Jul 31, 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
    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
    Dec 15, 2011

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

  • jameebooz
    Oct 29, 2010

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

  • Elizabeth Lombardi
    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!

  • thekitty
    Sep 22, 2009

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  • PuppydogJammies
    Dec 12, 2008

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

  • corinnaot
    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
    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
    Oct 28, 2008

    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!