Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn


I cannot express to you how excited I am to finally have found this recipe!!  Do you remember this popcorn?  My Grandmother made this countless times for us.  She would bring a recycled ice cream pail full of it to family gatherings, parties or she’d just have some prepared for us grand kids when we’d come to visit.   My sweet Grandmother passed away many years ago and I haven’t been able to find the recipe… until yesterday!  I have tried several other recipes I’ve found on the web and non of them produced the result I was looking for.  One of them even produced a wet coating similar to caramel corn (this is that amazing popcorn that dries and tastes like candy =).  If you, like me, ever ate this as a child then this popcorn will take you back in time.  There are so many memories attached to this recipe.  For those of you who haven’t tried it before, now is the time!  It is for kids and adults alike.  I’m pretty sure I ate at least half the bowl in one sitting =).  This is the perfect treat for a party, gift giving, holidays (as you can choose the color), movie watching and just any time you need a delicious addictive treat!  I hope you become as excited as me about this recipe!  You’ll be fighting for the flakes straggling behind in the bowl (those are my favorite =).


Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn

5 from 1 vote


  • 2/3 cup popcorn kernels , popped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 drops red food coloring (or any other color you'd like)


  1. Pour popped popcorn into two very large mixing bowls, set aside. In a large saucepan whisk together sugar, half and half, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly until sugar has dissolved. Heat mixture to 232 degrees, stirring occasionally. Immediately remove from heat and pour in vanilla and food coloring. Drizzle mixture over popped popcorn. Gently stir popcorn until mixture is evenly coated and coating begins to dry (you'll notice the popcorn kernels separating). Pour mixture onto waxed paper and allow to dry about 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
  2. Recipe adapted from here.


  • Jaclyn: Anonymous, this popcorn doesn’t really taste a whole lot like any of the above. It’s probably closest to kettle corn if I had to pick one but I really don’t know how to explain it. Let’s just say it’s a must try =), it’s hard for me to stop eating it once I start. January 30, 2012 at 10:15pm Reply

  • Anonymous: What does it taste like? Normal Popcorn? Caramel Corn? Kettle Corn? Just wondering January 30, 2012 at 4:51pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous poster, haha Thanks for your comment! I laughed when I saw it when you said “I’d like to both curse you and kiss you,” it just sounds like something I’d say =). Anywho I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and I agree it’s much cheaper to make the treats you find at a fancy sweets shop yourself. January 25, 2012 at 9:19pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Oh my goodness…. I’d like to both curse you and kiss you at the same time!!!! I have an obsession with popcorn, particularly the ones from the gourmet popcorn store down the street. Recently, I have changed my diet to all non-processed foods and thought my sweet treat would only be a once in a while thing. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It is delicious! (and heck of a lot cheaper!!) January 24, 2012 at 7:36pm Reply

  • Robyn: I love this popcorn–we always called it Circus Popcorn, I have no idea why. January 15, 2012 at 4:52pm Reply

    • Peggy J Excell: I remember getting it at the circus. Maby that’s why. April 19, 2018 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Tonia: If this is the recipe I’m thinking of THANK YOU!! My friend’s Grandma use to make it for us all the time. I LOVED it. I haven’t been able to find the recipe either. I am going to try this SOON! Maybe even tonight. January 9, 2012 at 3:23pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: You’re welcome! And yeah that is a great idea! That’s one thing I love about this, you can do any color you want. November 26, 2011 at 7:19pm Reply

  • Anatomy of A Dinner Party: I love this treat! And haven’t seen it in years. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. I see it being made lots of times in our home for the holidays. You could even dye it in the colors of the teams playing the Superbowl – how cool would that be? November 23, 2011 at 12:52pm Reply

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