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Make Gournet Flavored Popcorn

Updated on July 2, 2016
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VirginiaLynne has been experimenting in the kitchen for almost 50 years. She loves to share her recipes, cooking tips, and reviews.

Quick and Easy Recipe

Need a quick and easy snack idea for a party? Try my easy gourmet flavored popcorn recipe. You make it with marshmallows and butter, just like you would rice crispy treats, but then you bake it in the oven so it gets crunchy, just like the kind you'd buy at a gourmet popcorn shop. Better yet, I've found you can make this recipe using all kinds of flavoring including:

  1. Jello Popcorn: You can make any fruit flavor popcorn by using jello flavors. You can use regular jello, or sugar-free for a healthier snack that is just 100 calories per cup.
  2. Flavor Creations Popcorn: Looking for more exotic flavors like chocolate mint, coffee, chocolate almond, peppermint, bubble gum, caramel or cotton candy? Try using the new Flavor Creations made by Duncan Hines to add to their canned frosting. These flavor and color packages are very strong and so you only need about 1/4 of a packet, which costs less than a quarter.
  3. Kool-Aid Popcorn: Using Kool-Aid or the generic Flavor-Aid gives you more choices like Watermelon, Tropical Punch, Lemonade, Root Beer, Mango, and Pineapple-Orange.
  4. Extract and Food Coloring: If those aren't enough flavors and colors, you can also use any sort of cooking extract and food coloring to make your custom popcorn, for example, maple, almond, or blue coconut! You can make the popcorn match your favorite team colors, holiday colors or the theme colors of your birthday party.

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A great treat for snacks, parties, team events or as a gift.Use 2 microwave bags, or pop the corn on the stove. You can use about 8-12 cups of popped corn in this recipe.  Put corn in a bowl.  Take out unpopped kernels.Melt 1/4 cup butter on stove.  Or melt in microwave for 20 seconds.Add 4 cups marshmallows and 3 oz. jello.  If using microwave, put marshmallows in for 1 minute.  Stir until completely melted (microwave more if necessary), then add jello (or other flavorings and sugar).Stir over low heat until melted.  Pour flavor on popcorn in a bowl.Mix together quickly while still hot.Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.Spread on baking sheet covered with foil or parchment paper.  Bake for 15 minutes at 250 degrees. Take out and cool.  Break into pieces and store in air-tight container.  Mix different colors to match party theme or sports team.Try using Duncan Hines Frosting Creations or Kool-Aid packages instead of jello.  About 1/4  package is enough.  Add 1/4 cup sugar substitute or sugar.Sugar Free: You can use sugar substitute instead of sugar.  Amazingly this tastes just the same and the finished cooked gourmet popcorn has the same crunch and taste as if you made it with sugar!  Great lower calorie snack.  If you want, you can skip the oven step and just make popcorn balls.  Wrap in plastic wrap to store.Easy kids cooking recipe!
A great treat for snacks, parties, team events or as a gift.
A great treat for snacks, parties, team events or as a gift. | Source
Use 2 microwave bags, or pop the corn on the stove. You can use about 8-12 cups of popped corn in this recipe.  Put corn in a bowl.  Take out unpopped kernels.
Use 2 microwave bags, or pop the corn on the stove. You can use about 8-12 cups of popped corn in this recipe. Put corn in a bowl. Take out unpopped kernels. | Source
Melt 1/4 cup butter on stove.  Or melt in microwave for 20 seconds.
Melt 1/4 cup butter on stove. Or melt in microwave for 20 seconds. | Source
Add 4 cups marshmallows and 3 oz. jello.  If using microwave, put marshmallows in for 1 minute.  Stir until completely melted (microwave more if necessary), then add jello (or other flavorings and sugar).
Add 4 cups marshmallows and 3 oz. jello. If using microwave, put marshmallows in for 1 minute. Stir until completely melted (microwave more if necessary), then add jello (or other flavorings and sugar). | Source
Stir over low heat until melted.
Stir over low heat until melted. | Source
Pour flavor on popcorn in a bowl.
Pour flavor on popcorn in a bowl. | Source
Mix together quickly while still hot.
Mix together quickly while still hot. | Source
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.
Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees. | Source
Spread on baking sheet covered with foil or parchment paper.  Bake for 15 minutes at 250 degrees.
Spread on baking sheet covered with foil or parchment paper. Bake for 15 minutes at 250 degrees. | Source
 Take out and cool.  Break into pieces and store in air-tight container.  Mix different colors to match party theme or sports team.
Take out and cool. Break into pieces and store in air-tight container. Mix different colors to match party theme or sports team. | Source
Try using Duncan Hines Frosting Creations or Kool-Aid packages instead of jello.  About 1/4  package is enough.  Add 1/4 cup sugar substitute or sugar.
Try using Duncan Hines Frosting Creations or Kool-Aid packages instead of jello. About 1/4 package is enough. Add 1/4 cup sugar substitute or sugar. | Source
Sugar Free: You can use sugar substitute instead of sugar.  Amazingly this tastes just the same and the finished cooked gourmet popcorn has the same crunch and taste as if you made it with sugar!  Great lower calorie snack.
Sugar Free: You can use sugar substitute instead of sugar. Amazingly this tastes just the same and the finished cooked gourmet popcorn has the same crunch and taste as if you made it with sugar! Great lower calorie snack. | Source
If you want, you can skip the oven step and just make popcorn balls.  Wrap in plastic wrap to store.
If you want, you can skip the oven step and just make popcorn balls. Wrap in plastic wrap to store. | Source
Easy kids cooking recipe!
Easy kids cooking recipe! | Source

Fun Ideas!

Colored popcorn makes a great party popcorn treat and is also fun for gifts. My kids love to cook up their own snack in their favorite flavors. Here are some other ideas:

  1. Match popcorn flavors to birthday colors.
  2. Make in team colors for a team snack, end of the year party or sport watching party.
  3. Make in school colors for a bake sale or school event.
  4. Color red and green for Christmas; red, white and pink for Valentines; red, white and blue for 4th of July; or Orange for Halloween.
  5. Make a gift bag for a favorite teacher, neighbor, or coach.

Great Popcorn Snack!

4.3 stars from 4 ratings of Flavored Popcorn!

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 8 servings of 1 cup each

Ingredients

  • 8-10 cups popcorn, popped (2 bags microwave popcorn)
  • 1/4 cup margarine, (or butter)
  • 4 cups mini-marshmallows
  • 3 oz. package any flavor jello, (regular or sugar free)
  • or 1/4 packet Frosting Creations or Kool-Aid, and 1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • or 1 teaspoon any flavor extract, and 1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute
  • a few drops food coloring, optional

Instructions

  1. Pop the popcorn (microwave or on the stove. You will need at least 8 cups, but you can probably coat up to 12 cups with one recipe of jello flavoring.
  2. Melt 1/4 cup margarine on the stove (or 30 seconds in the microwave).
  3. Add 4 cups of mini-marshmallows and jello to the pan. Stir on stove at low heat until marshmallows are melted. (Microwave: add marshmallows and heat 1 minute, stir and add jello. If marshmallows are not completely melted, microwave for 15 seconds at a time and then stir until they are).
  4. Add marshmallow jello mixture to popcorn and stir until coated.
  5. Popcorn Balls: To make popcorn balls, grease your hands with margarine and form mixture into 8-10 balls.
  6. Crunchy Popcorn: Spread out popcorn mixture on a baking sheet covered with foil or parchment paper. Bake in 250-degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Take out popcorn. Topping will harden as it cools. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container.

Made with Sugar Free Jello

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 100
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 2 g
Carbohydrates 10 g3%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Make Your Own Flavor

Here's one last idea. Host a "Make your own flavor" for your next party. Make a big batch of popcorn, then have each person put:

  • 1 TB butter or margarine.
  • 2 cups of marshmallows

In the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and then add 1/4 cup sugar or sugar substitute and flavorings. Mix with about 3-4 cups of popcorn. You can eat it or put it in the oven for 10 minutes to make it crunchy. Leftovers can be party favors. Easy and fun!

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      Bailey Payne 

      18 months ago

      Such a fun and creative idea! Will have to try it out soon!

    • VirginiaLynne profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Kearney 

      3 years ago from United States

      Jonna, That sounds like a great recipe--I absolutely love both marshmallows and brown sugar. I'm going to try that!

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      Jonna Hardy 

      3 years ago

      I love these ideas! However, when my sweet tooth starts nagging at me, a microwave recipe is quick and easy! My friends and I love making gourmet popcorn using butter, marshmallows, and brown sugar. We started out with a recipe, but of course over time have given up on exact measurements and have began to eyeball the ingredients depending on how sweet we want the popcorn. First we melt the butter in the microwave, then add the sugar and marshmallows and melt those as well. After we pop our popcorn and dump it in a large mixing bowl, we simply pour our sugary mixture over the popcorn and dig in! Next time we will have to sick it in the oven and let it get crunchy!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      This is a great idea and we love popcorn at our house. Pinned for future reference. Thanks.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a great idea for an article! I've never thought about this type of flavored popcorn before. Thanks for all of the fun ideas.

    • VirginiaLynne profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Kearney 

      5 years ago from United States

      Thanks everybody! I was actually very excited to recover this recipe myself. I'd had it given to me by a friend in the 1980s but had lost it in my very large recipe collection. One day, I found it (misfiled of course) when looking for something else. However, when I went to try it, I didn't have regular jello. I thought maybe sugar free was going to be a mess but decided I'd give it a try. I was so surprised that it worked perfectly, and I think the popcorn actually tasted better because it wasn't so sugary. Then I experimented with the other flavorings and wondered why I had ever spent money on flavored popcorn!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      5 years ago from The City of Generals

      I love love love love your jello-flavored popcorn and the recipe is I think very easy. I'm excited as I'm sure this is one NEW popcorn treat the kids will very much love - they love marshmallow, its why I know it's gonna be a hit. Thanks for this, VirginiaLynne. -A thousand smiles and blessings :=) Tonette

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Looks yummy! My kids will definitely like this. We need to try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Fantastic hub Virginia, so worthy of possible HOTD...and such great ideas to do for kids parties...

      VUUABI & shared...cheers

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      Celeste Wilson 

      5 years ago

      I love popcorn. This is going to be a weekend attempt instead of baking cookies. Thank you for the inspiration.

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      Paul Maplesden 

      5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      All I can say is YUM! I really liked the way you mixed all of the media and capsules together - Video, great photos, recipes, lists - It was all well used to add colour and clarity to your article. Excellent work!

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 

      5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Great ideas. Can't wait to try them out. Wish I has some mini marshmallows on hand.

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      kikalina 

      5 years ago from Europe

      My kids love popcorn. May give thi a shot.ty

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