I’ve made this type of Jell-O candied popcorn a few times now, and I prefer the watermelon flavor, which is what you see here.
Now, it is pretty sweet, so it’s not for everyone, but I think it makes a nice addition to a party table, and it’s a bit of a conversation piece, too.
Bonus: it’s easy to do and you can make it in ANY color.
Throwing a monster or a dinosaur party? Make green apple or lime instead.
Make it to match your wedding colors.
Let your imagination run wild. :)
First, throw all the ingredients (except the popcorn) in a pot and simmer for four minutes.
Then pour it over the popcorn and bake it for a half hour.
After spreading it out on wax paper and letting it cool, I like to store it in a gallon baggy.
I prefer the baggy to a Tupperware container because you can massage the baggy to break up any remaining large chunks of popcorn that are stuck together.
Doesn’t that just look so pretty?
This certainly isn’t an every day treat, but it brightens up special occasions so very colorfully.
Watermelon Candied Popcorn
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 (3 oz.) package Jell-O watermelon flavor gelatin
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup
3 Tbsp. water
10 cups popped popcorn
Preheat oven to 250°F. Spread popcorn over one or two cookie sheets and place in oven to warm while making candy coating.
In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients except popcorn.
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 4 minutes.
Remove from heat. If you want the color to be more intense, stir in some food coloring at this point (I did not add it to the pictured batch).
Pour the candy mixture over the popcorn and stir carefully to coat all of the popcorn.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Cool on waxed paper. Break apart large chunks and store covered.
For the printable PDF, click here: Watermelon Candied Popcorn