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 =).

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Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn

5 from 1 vote

Pretty in pink, perfectly fun and delicious popcorn just like Grandma made!

Servings: 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pink Popcorn
Author: Jaclyn


  • Jennifer Burich: I just bought a bag of Virginia’s Old Fashioned Sugar Corn. It’s made by Mostoller’s in Friedens, PA. I was fascinated by how pretty it is. Delicious too! Can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing. August 4, 2019 at 6:44pm Reply

  • Mj: 2/3 a cup of popcorn! With all that liquid does not make sense are you sure it’s two thirds a cup of popcorn? June 19, 2019 at 8:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s 2/3 kernels, which makes a lot of popped popcorn. June 19, 2019 at 8:26pm Reply

  • Elicia Bedell: Can I use honey in place of the corn syrup? October 20, 2017 at 12:07pm Reply

  • Michelle: For those who like to cut the sweetness: I successfully cut the sugar in half, with the additional step of baking 20-25 min at 300 degrees, turning once. It was still very sweet and satisfying! Thanks for the recipe! June 14, 2017 at 8:16pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great suggestion! Thanks Michelle! June 22, 2017 at 11:12am Reply

  • Megan: How did you get it so pink? By 230, my mix had begun to camelize to off-white making my end result more of a creamy vintage color of pink. Tastes FANTASTIC, but would like to get it to a bright obnoxious color for Easter or other holidays! April 1, 2017 at 4:13pm Reply

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