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Jello Popcorn

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Jello popcorn is a fun, lightly candied popcorn treat that can be easily made into jello popcorn balls, or as a loose popcorn snack. Try this simple recipe multiple flavors, such as strawberry, cherry, lime, orange, and more!b101-jello-popcorn-recipe

If you make multiple flavors, you can create bags of snacks to share with your friends.


It’s fun to mix flavors as you eat them, much like jelly belly combinations.  This recipe works with most brands of flavored gelatin, including the delicious Starburst gelatin.  We highly recommend the blue raspberry and pink starburst flavors!

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 If you’d prefer a slightly sour version, give the Jolly Rancher gelatin flavors a try. Sprinkle half a teaspoon of citric acid powder over the top of the completed popcorn the moment it comes out of the oven to create a “sour babies” candied flavor.



Candied Jello Popcorn

You’ll Need:
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 small package Jello (dry flavored gelatin mix)
9 cups popped popcorn

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the honey and butter. Heat just until melted.
Add the Jello powder and sugar to the melted mixture, stirring to combine. Heat in microwave, cooking until it comes to a rolling boil. The mixture will double in size.
Pour the hot mixture over freshly popped popcorn in a large heat-safe bowl. Stir to coat.
Spread the coated popcorn on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and bake at 250 degrees F for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Cool and break apart. Store in an airtight container.


Jello Popcorn Balls

These have AmazeBalls Flavor (or so I was told when I included them in a recent College care package, Bonus- They’re LIGHT too!) and are great for snacking on the go, traveling, or munching on midday.

Here is a smaller recipe that makes just 8 balls, perfect for snacks without going overboard.

8 cups Popped Popcorn
2 cups Mini Marshmallows
1/4 cup Butter
2 T Jello Powder

Put popcorn in greased 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Place pan in 300°F  oven to keep the popcorn warm.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the marshmallows, stirring until melted completely. Add the jello powder *whichever flavor you want!),

As soon as the jello powder is completely mixed in, remove popcorn from oven and pour the mixture over the popcorn, stir well to completely coat.

Butter hands and when the mixture is cool enough to handle safely, Form the sticky mixture into balls.

Makes 8 balls

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3 thoughts on “Jello Popcorn”

  1. I’ve made these and they are really delicious for an occasional treat. For a Fun Spring gift you can stack them in plant pots and make a topiary, adorable!

  2. What flavors of Jello work best to give the popcorn an extra zing, and what types of toppings do you recommend? What tips do you have for ensuring that your Jello-flavored popcorn comes out perfectly cooked and full of flavor every time?

  3. I made two batches today using the first recipe. I don’t know how long the mixture boiled for the first batch, but it turned out great, the second batch, I let it “rolling boil” for one minute, and that’s not long enough because the coating on the popcorn is grainy. Hoping the grandsons will eat them anyway.

    How long should the mixture continue at a rolling boil?


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