Red Hot Popcorn

Red Hot Popcorn….yummy!
6 quarts of popped popcorn (2-3 large bags of microwave popcorn)
1 cup butter
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt (optional, i use microwave popcorn so i don’t)
1 package cinnamon red hot candies (12 oz)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
spread popcorn in a lightly buttered roasting pan or cookie sheet. bake at 250º while preparing syrup.
pour cinnamon candies into a 2 cup measure. fill remaining space to the top with sugar.
place in a heavy pan; add butter, salt & corn syrup. bring to a boil; boil for 5 minutes.
remove from heat; carefully stir in baking soda.
pour over popcorn, stirring to coat. (you don’t have to use all the mixture.)
continue to bake at 250º for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
remove from oven; let cool. break into pieces; store in an airtight container..
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  1. Hi Jill! I stumbled onto your blog and I am LOVING it! In fact I loved your Red Hots popcorn recipe so much that I featured it on my blog’s ” Top 15 Valentine’s Day Treats”. I was so excited to find this gem because I had never heard of it being done before and it sounded SO delicious! Anyways If you’d like to check out the post you can find it here:
    Happy Weekend!

  2. I clicked over from Pinterest from your candy dots and then I found this yummy red hot popcorn! I think I love you.

    I am now a follower of you blog! I don’t have anything as creative as your stuff but I would love for you to check me out at

    Thank you!

  3. Anonymous says

    This looked good, but after trying it, it turned out to be a mess. I made 2 batches and the first looks like the right color, but none of the syrup mixes with the popcorn. It left me with a bright colored mess. The second batch had a crimson, ugly syrup. It did not mix well either, but slightly better. More concise directions might help.

  4. That sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it, thanks for sharing!


  5. My mom & I have made this for Christmas for years! It is absolutely delicious and what a great idea to make it for Valentine’s! FYI use REAL BUTTER! It makes it ToDieFor!

  6. Probably about 1 or 1-1/2 cups will be good.

  7. How many cups (or fractions) is 12 oz. of red hots? Thanks!!

  8. This looks super good, I made pink popcorn too!!

  9. I’m not a red hot fan, but it looks great!

    Megan (a new follower)

  10. you never cease! i love it! you’ve got such fun ideas up your sleeve!!!
    thanks, girl


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