Candy Popcorn is an easy holiday treat that is perfect for gift giving! My Grandma’s recipe
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I’m going to be completely honest.
As soon as September rolls around, I’m waiting for Christmas.
It’s not that I want to rush the snow, or the cold, or the snowsuits and icy roads. But I think Christmas is my favorite time of year.
I feel like such a child saying that, you know? I promise you it’s not all about the Lego waiting under the tree. It’s just that there’s nothing else we prepare for so far in advance. By the middle of November, for sure, I’ve got the Christmas tree and decorations up and am well into my Christmas shopping.
I love buying, wrapping and giving gifts. I love a holiday that requires weeks of baking in advance (No Bake Christmas Trees or Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies anyone?). I love the lights, the first snowflakes, and s’mores over the fire (inside!).
This is my Grandma’s Candy Popcorn recipe, and it’s one I’m sure I’ve eaten every Christmas since childhood except the last.
Since my Grandma passed away last November, I find myself becoming more emotionally attached to family recipes. For some people, maybe that’s strange. But for you fellow food lovers, maybe you can see the significance of cooking or baking the same things that your parents and grandparents made years — or decades — earlier. I hope to store up a good number of them here!
I had the opportunity to try out the Kettle Style Popcorn Popper from Hamilton Beach this fall, and it didn’t take me very long to figure out which recipe I wanted to make. Thanks mom for digging up the recipe for me!
I have an air popper for popcorn already, but I was really intrigued by the Kettle Style Popcorn Popper because of (a) its size! And (b) the different method. The popper is awesome for parties, school or youth events where you want a large amount of popcorn. It also happens to be great for Christmas popcorn recipes (like this Candy Popcorn or Caramel Popcorn), where you want to make a big batch and give bags away as edible gifts.
It’s really easy to use and the top pops off and nests with the bottom to save space, so you don’t have to worry about storing it at its full size. It also functions as a bowl!
This recipe is really simple, and can easily be customized. You could add flavored extracts if you wanted, change up the colors for any birthday, game day, or holiday, or mix in things like sprinkles, nuts, candies, etc. The options are endless!
*This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada — thanks for supporting brands that make The Recipe Rebel possible! As always, all text and opinions are my own.
*The giveaway has ended! Thank you to all who entered! The winner (Amy) has been contacted and the prize is on its way
- This giveaway is sponsored by Hamilton Beach Canada. Giveaway open to Canadian residents, excluding residents of Quebec, over the age of majority. The prize is one Hamilton Beach Kettle Style Popcorn Maker, with a retail value of $119.99, to be shipped to a Canadian street address (no P.O. boxes). Winner will be notified within 24 hours of the contest ending and will be required to respond within 48 hours with address and answer to a skill testing question. Giveaway is open from publish time on November 3, 2015 to November 10, 2015 at 9pm CST.
- 2 cups popcorn kernels, popped (about 30 cups popped popcorn)
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon food coloring
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place popcorn in a large bowl (you'll need room to stir the candy mixture in!)
- In a medium pot over medium-high heat, bring sugar, water, and butter to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Stir in food coloring and salt and pour over popcorn, stirring to coat (make sure you work quickly!). Spread on baking sheets lined with wax paper and let dry for 1-2 hours until no longer sticky.
- *This popcorn lasts a long time at room temperature in an air tight container! It'll be good for at least 1-2 weeks.
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