Rainbow Popcorn

Add a splash of color and excitement to your snack time with Rainbow Popcorn! This delightful treat is perfect for spicing up movie nights, enhancing birthday parties, or just bringing some fun into your daily routine. Combining the classic crunch of popcorn with a rainbow of colors, this recipe is sure to impress both kids and adults alike with its vibrant appearance and sweet taste.


  • 1½ cups corn kernels (180 grams)
  • 18 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 teaspoons water
  • Food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • Optional: butter (for a caramel version)


  1. Pop the Corn:
    • Prepare the popcorn using your preferred method, such as microwave or stovetop with a little oil. Opt for plain popcorn as sweetened or flavored varieties can make the final product overly sugary.
  2. Prepare Colored Sugar:
    • Divide the sugar evenly among six sealable containers. Add a few drops of food coloring to each—one color per container. You can create custom shades by mixing primary colors. Shake well to distribute the color evenly throughout the sugar.
  3. Make Caramel:
    • For each color, in a small saucepan, heat one teaspoon of water with the corresponding colored sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar melts and starts to caramelize. It’s important not to stir the mixture as stirring can cause the sugar to crystallize.
  4. Combine:
    • Carefully pour the hot caramel over a portion of the popcorn. Use a spatula or spoon to mix quickly and ensure each kernel is evenly coated. Spread the coated popcorn onto a plate or a silicone mat to cool. Repeat this process for each color.
  5. Serve:
    • Once all the popcorn has cooled and the caramel has hardened, break apart any large clumps. Mix the different colors together to achieve a festive rainbow effect. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.


  • Quick Cooling: To speed up the setting process and ensure vibrant colors, place the coated popcorn in the freezer for a few minutes after mixing.
  • Non-Stick Surface: Use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper when cooling the caramel-coated popcorn to prevent sticking.
  • Storage: Keep the popcorn in an airtight container at room temperature to maintain its crispness for up to three weeks.


Rainbow Popcorn is not just a treat—it’s a visual feast that makes snacking more enjoyable and festive. Whether you’re hosting a party, enjoying a family movie night, or simply craving something sweet and colorful, this popcorn is the perfect choice. Its easy preparation and customizable nature allow for endless creativity in choosing colors and flavors. So grab your popcorn kernels and let’s bring some color to your snack time!

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