We had a sort-of-good turnout this year at Halloween. Trick-or-treaters came in waves, but not big waves like we had last year. That means we were left with a big ole bowl (actually, three bowls) of leftover Halloween candy. I’m a big fan of Skittles candies, so we had lots of Skittles… so I made Skittles popcorn! Fun to make, the popcorn tastes a bit like caramel corn, but with the sweetness cranked up a few notches. Tangerine, lemon, berry, grape and pear flavors exploded everywhere!
Skittles popcorn is mighty darned tasty (and sweet). It doesn’t get super-duper crunchy like caramel corn but it’s still a great treat. And it doesn’t take a whole lot of Skittles candies to make a while lot of popcorn, either.
Some of the colors get a bit thin as they melt, so don’t be afraid to have a few drops of food coloring on hand to bump up the colors.
- 4 cups popcorn plain, unsalted
- 4 ounces butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup Skittles single flavors
- Food coloring For more color if desired
- Waxed paper
- Pop your corn according to package instructions. Place in a bowl and set aside.
- Rip a sheet of waxed paper (about 8" – 10' long) and place on your counter.
- Melt butter and brown sugar on the stove on medium heat. Stir frequently to avoid scorching.
- Pour in the Skittles candies. Stir until melted (you might need to mash them down to help them dissolve). Add food coloring if you desire more color.
- Once done melting pour the hot candy mixture over the top of the popcorn.
- Use a spatula and fold in the mixture throughout the popcorn until will covered.
- Dump the popcorn onto the waxed paper and spread thinly to allow to cool.
- If you wish to make popcorn balls, allow mixture to cool for 3 – 4 minutes (or until you can touch it). Then, spray cooking spray or butter your hands and form the popcorn into balls shapes. Set aside.
- Allow all to fully set (around 15 – 20 minutes)
- Store in airtight containers for about a week
Nutritional values are approximate.