How many times do you watch The Nightmare Before Christmas during the month of October? It’s a lot in my house! One of my favorite characters is Sally and this Nightmare Before Christmas Themed Sally Popcorn is too adorable to pass up. I am a sucker for candied popcorn. This popcorn is teal, red, and yellow to look like Sally.
Candied popcorn is a fantastic way to make any themed party fun because of all of the fun flavors and colors you can create.
If you love Sally as much as I do, you’ll also love these Sally Cookies.
What you will need
- 16 Cup of popped popcorn
- 1 Cup unsalted sweet cream butter 1/2 C in each saucepan
- 2 Cup sugar 1 C in each saucepan
- 1/2 Cup light corn syrup 1/4 C in each saucepan
- 1 tsp salt split ( 1/2 tsp in each saucepan )
- 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp in each saucepan
- 1 tsp teal food coloring
- 1 tsp yellow food coloring
- 1 tsp pink food coloring
- 2 tsp baking soda 1/4 each bowl
- 1 box Black licorice cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F
- Place your popcorn evenly on two large baking pans covered with parchment paper.
- In two medium saucepans over medium heat. Add 1/2 of each of the following ingredients to each saucepan.
- Add your butter first and melt.
- Stir in sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, and salt into both saucepans.
- Bring to boil while stirring consistently.
- Boil without stirring for 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Split the mixture into 3 small mixing bowls.
- Add your food colors one in each bowl.
- Mix all bowls until the mixture is evenly colored and combined.
- Stir in baking soda. The mixture will double.
- Place the popcorn in the oven to keep warm.
- Stir the popcorn every 15 minutes for 1 hour.
- Remove from the oven. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
- Add popcorn to your mixing bowls and coat with the candy coating. Stir to combine and evenly coat.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spread out the popcorn to allow it to harden. Make sure there are large clumps.
- In a large bowl, mix in all three colors of popcorn.
- Mix in the black licorice. Enjoy!
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Love this recipe/idea but i’ve Gone over it a few times to see if I missed anything……since there is three colors, shouldn’t we use three (not four) bowls or are we keeping one clear for something?
You are correct. The fourth bowl is to combine everything when it is complete and to mix in the licorice. I’ll edit to make that more clear. Thanks!
Is the popcorn baked for an hour without the candy coating applied?
It’s not really baking the popcorn as much as keeping it warm. You want the popcorn to be warm when you apply the candy coating so that it doesn’t harden immediately and has a chance to coat the outside completely.