Red-Hot Candy Popcorn

"Much prettier than caramel popcorn and tastier. Looks great in bowls or strung on the tree."
photo by Brooke the Cook in photo by Brooke the Cook in
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins
8 quarts


  • 8 quarts plain popped popcorn (not microwave)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 12 cup light corn syrup (not dark it will effect the color)
  • 1 (9 ounce) package red-hot candies


  • Place popcorn in a large bowl (I used my tupperware that's a bowl make sure bowl is large enough to hold all the popcorn) set aside.
  • In a non stick saucepan, combine butter, corn syrup and candies; bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly.
  • Boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour over popcorn and mix thoroughly (be careful very hot) Turn into two greased 15 x 10 x 1 inch baking pans.
  • Bake at 250 for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  • Remove from pans and place on waxed paper to cool.
  • Break apart and store in air tight containers.

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  1. Shelly H.
    Was I supposed to wait until christmas? oops! Just as yummy in the middle of July
  2. Lisa G.
    This is a regular at our house at Christmas too. Disappears almost as fast as you can make it! Thanx for sharing Pumpkie!
  3. Brooke the Cook in
    I make this every year for Christmas, this year was no exception! It's fun, easy, looks beautiful, keeps well and can be very addicting... but that's OK, cuz it makes a huge batch! Instead of two 15x10 baking pans, I use my big roaster with handles and tall sides, it works perfectly and not a single kernel escapes over the sides! I typically use 1 1/4 cups of popcorn kernels and everything gets coated very nicely and fits inside the roasting pan very well.
  4. SonnyHavens
    This was perfect for Christmas treat bags and, since it makes such a large batch, there was plenty to go around. Everyone enjoyed the flavor and agreed that it wasn't hot at all. Next time I plan to double the topping ingredients to get more of a crunchy coating.
  5. EllyBelly
    This is our FAVORITE!!



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