Party popcorn

I’m no stranger to a kitchen mishap but the first time I attempted this rainbow coloured popcorn I nearly burnt down the house. Literally my husband had to evacuate the kids to the back garden while I tried to blow away smoke plumes with the hair dryer….

My top tips are don’t rush and try to make the 3 coloured syrups at the same time, whilst also popping the corn and supervising the kids. Things will burn… badly!

There’s a bit of heat here so full adult supervision is needed. I took the lead on this one but my 3 year old loved measuring out the sugar and stirring in the colouring.

You will need 3 saucepans and a baking tray lined with baking paper.


  • 100g popcorn kernels popped as per packet instructions
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150ml water
  • Red/blue/purple food colouring
  • 200g sweets/sprinkles/mini eggs

Spread your popped corn over the baking sheet and roughly seperate into 3 piles.

In a saucepan set over a medium heat, combine 75ml water and 75g sugar with a few drops of food colour. Bring to the boil and keep bubbling for a few minutes or until the sugar has melted and the mixture is syrupy.

Pour the mixture over one third of the popcorn and mix well.

Repeat the above with the other two colours and leave the coated popcorn to cool completely.

Break up any stuck together bits of popcorn and stir in the sweets and sprinkles to serve.


By bakingwithkidsandcath

Sharing our baking on Instagram @Baking_With_kids messy mum of 2 toddlers with easy recipes for screen-free fun 😀

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