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Kool Aid Popcorn

My daughter-in-law Ashley asked me to make candy coated popcorn for my granddaughters birthday party and I wanted something new. I found this one and just had to give it a try, it was so interesting. It was AWESOME! You are only limited by the flavors of Kool Aid – You’ve got to give this a whirl!    

Kool-Aid Candied Popcorn


12 cups popped popcorn, plain or very light buttered

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/3 cup margarine (I am a real butter girl, but when I tried this recipe, margarine didn’t burn and worked MUCH better in this particular recipe)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 envelope (.13-.23 oz.) Kool-Aid Unsweetened Drink Mix – I found any red color worked best. The orange & purple worked well, blue, green & yellow you will need to add a bit of food coloring


Heat oven to 225 degrees.

Pour the popped popcorn into a large bowl.Kool Aid Popcorn


In a large pot, bring the sugar, corn syrup and margarine to a boil over medium-high heat.Kool Aid Popcorn 2Cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.Kool Aid Popcorn 3Remove from heat and add in the baking soda and Kool-Aid. Stir well. Kool Aid Popcorn 4

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Pour over the popcorn; stir gently to evenly coat popcorn. Kool Aid Popcorn 7

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Spread evenly into a jelly roll pan.Kool Aid Popcorn 8Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and stir, gently spread even again.Kool Aid Popcorn 8Bake for another 10 minutes and repeat.Kool Aid Popcorn 8Repeat this process to make a total baking time of 40 minutes.   Meanwhile spread a large piece of waxed paper onto the table. When the popcorn is done, pour the popcorn out onto the waxed paper and spread out.Kool Aid Popcorn 8Cool completely. Break into pieces and enjoy.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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  • My girls would go crazy for this popcorn as they absolutely love popcorn and Kool-Aid, too. So, most definitely going to have to try now and can’t thank you enough for sharing here with us!! 🙂

  • Hey Lady,

    This party reminds me of having a party. It is so festive and a neat way to serve popcorn. Thanks for sharing!

  • Eeeee! This makes me happy!! Thank you for the tips about which colors worked the best, and about margarine working better than butter (I am a real butter girl, too). Movie night, here I come!

  • Stephanie says:

    What a great idea! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

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