Sunday, 11 July 2010

Sweet Vanilla Popcorn

Sweet Vanilla Popcorn (Rainbow Popcorn)


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cup white/caster sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract/flavouring
  • ½ cup popcorn kernels (or 8 cups popped popcorn)
  • 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil (for popping)
  • food colouring


Coat the bottom of a large pan (one that has a lid) with a few tablespoons vegetable oil.

Add 1/2 cup popcorn kernels.

Cover pan.

Turn stovetop burner to medium or medium-high heat.

Let kernels cook, shaking occasionally to prevent burning.

When the popping slows to 3 to 5 seconds between pops, remove pan from burner.

Allow to cool a minute or two.

Pour popcorn into a bowl.

pinkish red popcorn

For the Vanilla Syrup

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 crystallize.

Add vanilla extract (or any other flavouring) and your choice of food colouring (we used blue and red as I got vetoed on the black food colouring *sulk* I have two bottles of the crap to use up) and mix well.

Place the popcorn in a large bowl then pour the hot liquid over it and coat as evenly as you can, you can put as much or as little syrup over the popcorn as you like.

Spread baking paper to dry. You can place the baking paper onto baking trays and place in a low oven (200°F or 100°Cfor 10-15 minutes to help dry out (harden) the popcorn.

vaguely teal-ish blue popcorn

cook’s notes: the recipe has been lurking in my big blue folder of random recipes that hides behind the bowls in the cupboard, I have no idea where I wrote it down from but my guess is that there will be hundreds of diffrent versions on the interwebs to play with. It was fun to make though I don’t think I used half the syrup that the recipe makes, so next time I think I will halve the amount of syrup and see how that goes. H picked the colours red and blue, though I was rather low on blue food colouring so it came out a rather nice shade of teal, and the red is more a very dark pink than a true red. It tasted lovely with the vanilla, and H and his little friend J thought it was great fun to help make, and more fun to eat of course.

today's post was brought to you by the letter P

P for popcorn

p for popcorn on my carped

and p for being p'd off at blogger messing about while I try to blog this.


Fiona said...

Only an American would make this! I can say this as I am married to one.

melani abercrombie said...

Looks amazing! Don't know if I'd have the patience to do it, but I would eat it up!! ~m

Frizbe said...

There's a P in carPet....popcorn looks yummy tho ;-)

Lisa-Marie said...

That looks delicious. I might make some popcorn now!

Giggly said...

Yummm....I love your blog and your dollies too, such wonderful creations and stories! :)

jillytacy said...

It looks yummy but even better I love the little mushroom hiding behind the popcorn jar. Very cute!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks! Blue popcorn recipes are so hard to find. There are many recipes that use jello (red, orange, green, lime) but most caramel or jello recipes use butter - which turns everything blue to green. This will be great for the 4th of July and for the local high school bake sale (school colors are blue and yellow).

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I'm getting ready to try the teal blue popcorn reciepe right now. I'll get back to you in a few to let you know the results.

Anonymous said...

Wow that was easy to make. I followed the reciepe, except for, I microwaved natural kernels instead of over the stovetop in a pan. I used the blue from the neon blue box version of food coloring and I got the same exact teal blue popcorn. I am making this for my sisters baby shower. It is easy to make, it tastes good, and it is going to make a very cute baby shower favor. Thank you for the reciepe.

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