Grandma’s Candy Popcorn Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 25 cups

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My Grandma’s Candy Popcorn is a must-make every Christmas! It’s fun and colorful and the kids love it 🙂 Choose any colors to switch things up for game day, a birthday party or any other holiday. SO easy! Includes a step by step recipe video.


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This post has been updated from November 3, 2015

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.

pink yellow and green candy popcorn in red christmas tin

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!).

red christmas tin with yellow pink and green candy popcorn and sparkly christmas trees behind

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!

A simple air popper and a few other basic ingredients are all you need to make this fun treat that I promise the adults will love as much as the kiddos 😉

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!

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Grandma’s Candy Popcorn

4.37 from 11 votes
Candy Popcorn is an easy holiday treat that is perfect for gift giving! My Grandma’s recipe ?
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Servings 25 cups
Calories 90cal


  • 1 1/3 cups popcorn kernels popped (about 25 cups popped popcorn)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon food coloring
  • 1/4 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.


*I divided my popcorn in 3 to get 3 different colors. I divided my sugar mixture (after boiling) into 3 bowls, then stirred in Â― teaspoon food coloring in each bowl, and pour that over ⅓ of the popcorn each.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 90cal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g

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  1. Michele Moore says

    Since we are remembering…my favorite Christmas treat is something called Struffoli, which are Honey Balls. These
    are little fried balls of dough that have honey on them. It is an Italian recipe.

  2. Judy says

    My favorite Christmas treat is my mom’s recipe for pecan crescent cookies. Just wish she was still around to make them.

  3. Linda C says

    Scandinavian Rosettes – my Grandmother started this traditional family favourite that continues with our newest generation.

  4. Darlene Schuller says

    Christmas Eve after driving arouond looking at lights, we settle at home to watch Christmas movie and have peppermint hot chocolate. We snack on Peanut Butter Blossoms, macarrons and usually a snack mix my husband makes. I look forward to that every year.

  5. Melissa D says

    Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year too! As for a Christmas treat I’d have to say either caramel popcorn with cashews or confetti squares! I think I’ll be trying this recipe out this year though!

  6. Sarah says

    My favourite Christmas treat is New York Delight. Traditionally it’s Rollerblade crushed cornflakes but we love it dipped in chocolate!!

  7. Lillian Tse says

    I love chewy gingerbread cookies! Would love to try this popcorn maker! I remember having one when I was younger and loved the sound of popcorn being made and the family time afterwards.

  8. Esther says

    I love cookies that my mother in law makes every year and they’re called spitzbuben! A sugar cookie sandwich with apricot jam in the middle. Delicious!

  9. Susan L says

    First off….now I have to go and find some lucky elephant popcorn stat. But favourite Holiday recipe….Crostoli, super easy to make…but you need to make a lot. All it is is fried pasta sprinkled with icing sugar. You roll the past out thinner than normal and it’s always a family favourite.

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