St. Patrick’s Day Green Popcorn is easy and fun to make. It has the perfect combination of sweet and salty. When you take a bite of the green popcorn, you get a nice crunch too!
I love all of the holidays and try to cook and decorate for each of them! I think it is so much fun to make a regular day a little more special. I have a few St. Patrick’s Day decorations that I put out every year, but have never really cooked any special foods for the special day. Big is not a fan of cabbage or corned beef, so those meals are out. Popcorn is always a welcome snack, so I knew this would be a welcome recipe.
I love the look of this corn syrup, oil, butter and salt mixture! I used Wilton Kelly Green Gel to get the dark green color. Warning: This mixture gets very hot, please make sure you wear oven mitts!
Place the popcorn in the corn syrup mixture, cover with a paper towel or vented lid and pop for about 4 – 6 minutes. I was a little worried that it wasn’t working correctly, because it took about 4 minutes before the kernels started to pop. Stay close though, you don’t want it to burn!
Here is the complete recipe. Get started to make your little leprechauns a fun treat! Pack it in their lunch, give it to them as a snack, bag some up for a teacher or neighbor! There are so many great things you can do with this fun treat!
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 Tablespoon canola oil
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/16 teaspoon gel food coloring (or 1/4 teaspoon liquid food coloring)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup popcorn
- Place butter, oil, corn syrup, salt and food coloring in bowl. Microwave just until butter is melted, 40-50 seconds. Stir to combine well.
- Pour popcorn kernels into bowl; stir to coat each kernel with mixture. Even out kernels in bottom of bowl.
- Cover bowl with vented lid and microwave on high for approximately 4-5 minutes. (it will take a while for the popcorn to start popping - don't worry!) Microwave times may vary.
- Immediately spoon popcorn on to wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet, leaving unpopped kernels in bottom of bowl. Pick out any un-popped kernels that may have stuck on the popcorn.
- The popcorn will crisp when it cools.
As I was waiting for the popcorn to finish popping, I began to thnk about the different holidays you could make this popcorn for.
- Red and Green for Christmas
- Yellow and Gold for Fall/Thanksgiving
- Pink or Red for Valentines
- Pink, light green or yellow for Easter
What are some holidays you can think of: I would love to know! I can promise this popcorn will be a snack in our house often!
Looking for more popcorn recipes? Stop by Wondermom Wannabe,
get her recipe for St. Patty’s Popcorn Balls.
Looking for a few St. Patrick’s Day Decorations?
I made this Dollar Tree St. Patrick’s Day wreath for less than $3.00 and it came together in a flash!
Here is another great Dollar Tree St. Patty’s Day Wreath!
Now that you have spent time in the kitchen and in your craft room – check out Coconut Head and see her great St. Patrick’s Day table setting!
Thanks for stopping and see you soon!