How To Make Red, White, And Blue Popcorn

Learn how to make homemade red, white, and blue popcorn. Perfect for the 4th of July!

If you’re looking for a unique red, white, and blue recipe to serve at a 4th of July party – or other patriotic event like Flag Day or Memorial Day – give this fun recipe a try.

About The Recipe: Patriotic Popcorn

Making candied popcorn at home is quite easy. 

  • Make a Jell-O based candy mixture on the stovetop
  • Pour it over popped popcorn
  • Bake for 10 minutes to harden

The most fun part of this particular recipe is that it can be made in so many different colors and flavors.

If you’re not from the U.S. or your flag is a different color, chances are you can find a Jell-O flavor that will work.

What Colors/Flavors Can I Make?

You can make virtually any color/flavor of popcorn using Jell-O (or other brand).

For red, you can use cherry, raspberry or strawberry Jell-O mix – or another red flavor.

Blue is a bit trickier.

I used Blue Raspberry Jell-O (the only blue I could find) and the first batch turned out green.

I tried it again, adding some blue food coloring – and it produced the blue you see in the photos. 

Red, white, and blue popcorn. Learn how to make this patriotic candied popcorn at home!

What Kind Of Popcorn Should I Use?

While it’s cheaper to make your own popcorn at home, I like buying ready-popped bags of popcorn for this recipe. 

Why?

Because no matter how hard I try, I never manage to remove all of the unpopped kernels from a batch of homemade popcorn. 

While there still can be kernels in a bag of popcorn, it’s much less likely.

More Cheap Popcorn Recipes

Popcorn cake recipe, a cheap and FUN recipe that is totally customizable. Click through for recipe.

Popcorn is one of the most budget-friendly foods out there, and it can be made in so many fun ways:

Red, White, and Blue Popcorn

Red, White, and Blue Popcorn

I used Jell-O but feel free to use another (or generic) gelatin brand.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

For blue popcorn

  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3-ounce package blue raspberry Jell-O
  • Blue food coloring (several drops - enough to make the right blue hue)

For red popcorn

  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3-ounce package r raspberry Jell-O (or other blue flavor)

Additional ingredient

  • 8 cups popped popcorn

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300F. Grease 2 cookie sheets with butter or cooking spray.
  2. To make red popcorn: Place 8 cups popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl. Place butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, and red Jell-O in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until simmering. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour Jell-O mixture over popcorn and toss to coat. Spread onto one of the cookie sheet.
  3. To make blue popcorn: Place 8 cups popped popcorn into a large mixing bowl. Place butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, blue Jell-O, and blue food coloring in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until simmering. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour Jell-O mixture over popcorn and toss to coat. Spread onto the other cookie sheet.
  4. Bake the red and blue popcorn for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before breaking into pieces.
  5. Once cool, place the red and blue popcorn into a large serving bowl. Toss in 8 cups of plain white popcorn and serve.

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