We love making different colors of popcorn because it’s such a great snack for almost any occasion. So why shouldn’t it be a color coordinated snack as well, right? It’s hard not to smile when you see bowls full of colorful popcorn at a party and even harder not to smile when that color is a sweet baby pink. Why do we want pink popcorn, exactly. Apart from the cuteness of it, that is. What better way to welcome a newborn baby girl or announce her imminent arrival at a gender reveal party or baby shower? Before we made our red popcorn for Valentine’s Day (find the recipe here), we watched a lot of online colored popcorn tutorials and, um, so many of them were wrong. If you want a nicely saturated color while retaining the crunchy crispness of the popcorn, the colorful coating needs to be baked on. We also couldn’t help but notice how popular our blue baby shower popcorn recipe is (find it here). So, here then, is how to make pink popcorn.
We make colored popcorn by cooking butter, sugar, salt and a little water together until the sugar has dissolved. Then we add the food color. You can find pink gel color but you’ll probably have an easier time finding red in your regular supermarket. Either will work fine but keep in mind that you want to start slowly with red. Just one or two drops and then see if you’re happy with the shade of pink. Too much of the red color and it will be hard to go back to pink without adding more syrup and more popcorn. Once you’re happy with the color, toss in the popped popcorn, stir well, spread out on a baking sheet and give it a few minutes in the oven to cook the candy coating onto the popcorn. Once out of the oven, it will harden back to it’s crunchy form as it cools.
What are some great uses for pink popcorn? We love it just for fun but, especially for little girl baby showers or gender reveal parties when a daughter is on her way. We also think it makes a cute gift for friends, neighbors and, especially expectant mamas. Place the popcorn in a jar, tie it with a pink ribbon and watch everyone’s face light up when they receive it.
Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the granulated sugar, butter, water and salt to a large pot. Cook on low heat, stirring often, until the sugar and salt have dissolved. Stir in a couple of drops of the red food color and check that you're happy with the shade. Start with less color to make sure you don't get too red. Remember that it's easy to add but hard to take away.
Once you have the shade of pink that you like, stir in the popped popcorn, making sure that all the kernels are coated. Spread out on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Stir with a spatula and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly.
Serve immediately or store in air tight jars for up to 5 days at room temperature.
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