Mother Goose Popcorn

"It doesn't sound like much but I prefer this as an alternative to caramel corn, it is that good. I make it at Christmas time, pink and green and mix them together. Simple to make, sweet and crunchy. Colorful to boot! It goes fast. As far as I know this is an old recipe from long ago."
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Ready In:
8 cups




  • Mix milk and sugar in a sauce pan and on medium heat bring to a boil.
  • Careful not to let it burn and do not scrape the sides of the pan or the sugar will crystalize.
  • Add vanilla extract and your choice of food coloring (it is usually pink or light green) and mix well.
  • Place the popcorn in a large bowl then pour the hot liquid over it and coat as evenly as you can.
  • Spread on a cookie sheet to dry.

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  1. Much sweeter than anticipated and not as crunchy as an actual candy recipe but very quick to make, coats evenly and the kids love it
    • Review photo by Anna M.
  2. I used less than half of the sauce and salted it. I think this sauce recipe would work for 3 or 4 times as much popcorn!!!! I was skeptical about this recipe. It is quick and easy way to make some sweet popcorn.
  3. A little too sugary not my favorite but it did look festive.
  4. Love This Recipe! My mom always made mother goose popcorn when I was a kid. Her recipe calls for twice the milk and boiling the syrup till 230 degrees. I don't like waiting for syrup to cook so I was thrilled to find this recipe. It worked perfectly for me. I did STIR it until it boiled and continued boiling for a minute or two. It wasn't sticky at all. I have an air popper that pops 1/2 cup of kernels (about7 cups popped) and I thought it was the perfect amount. I like it heavily coated though. I simply stirred until it started to cool and it set up and had the perfect mother goose popcorn texture I've always loved. I made it for Halloween and flavored the orange colored batch with orange and the purple batch with vanilla. YUM!
  5. yummy vanilla popcorn. i took "kissthecookagain's suggestion and halved the milk and sugar mixture. i think that worked out perfectly. it did take quite a while for it to dry, but it DID dry. thanks!


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